We have to realize that people have different needs. Some people like to eat sushi, some people doesn’t like it. It very simple, it is based on preference and the need of the individual.
I’m a non believer of God since I m able to think. Before, I used to think why can’t people live on and not rely on a book to live their life. Why they can possibly manage ignore all the evidence and continue to believe in a book written centuries ago that are full of nonsense. I used to think religious people are a bunch of close minded idiot that don’t know better. I try to convince my family and friends the important of being able to reason and thinking logically. And I have failed every time.
I thought about this for years, I interview my friend and family whenever possible.
I asked them one simple question. How do you deal with the unknown in this world?
I asked them, “You know, there are lots of unknown in this world, how do you deal with it?
This question receives basically three different answers.
1)“I don’t need an answer to the unknown and Ill look for it through the means of reason and logic”
2) “I don’t need an answer to the unknown and I don’t care”
3) “I need an answer to the unknown immediately”
People who answered no.3 are mostly religious. They say, they feel scared and uneasy when there are unknowns and there is no filler it. I thought about it, and I feel very differently. I think, isn’t it great to be able to look at all the evidence and think logically to reason ourselves about the unknown. Isn’t it exciting to be able to use science and build up the answer for the unknown bit by bit? However, most religious people think otherwise. They need filler to the unknown no matter what and need it now. They need an answer to the unknown immediately.
This is when I realize, atheist and religious people are simply different people with different needs. This is when religious people and science minded people clashes. Because of their different needs, and the fact that we failed to think through each other mind, it creates confusion between the two.
I think it is lot complicated than saying to religious people “why can’t you live your life through reason and logic” I think the reason that religious people need a God, is that they simply need an answer the the unknown at this very moment. And that is a lot different than an Atheist who do not need an answer and is perfectly fine discovering the unknown through science.
I think it hard to understand the religious people when the atheist thinking is completely different than the religious person view point. Some people need to eat sushi than others. I don’t think we can reason with them and tell them to have less sushi. I think we have to realize our different in thinking. When it comes down to different thinking and needs, we just have to respect it.