A lot of people find the whole idea of atheism impossible to grasp. In the past, I’ve actually been accused of believing in nothing, and asked how I could live like that. There’s a lot of confusion out there, particularly from people who question their own beliefs. Well, I recently came across this video – and it’s such a wonderfully clear and concise explanation of atheism that I thought I’d share it. It helps to explain a lot of things.
What it doesn’t explain, unfortunately, is why those some of those with belief expend so much hatred on those that do not believe. Atheists don’t go around yelling to believers that they should just die, or be burned at the stake. In fact, atheists are generally very gentle, non-violent people who look at all the death and destruction performed in the name of gods and wish it would stop. Atheists certainly don’t go out looking for believers to kill – and yet, in some religions, that’s perfectly acceptable. Given that, as babies, a lack of belief is the default position, why do believers feel so much hatred – or feel so threatened – by those who do not believe?