Atheists are the least trusted group in America, seemingly because of our lack of any moral compass. This hurts my feelings (and my brain’s feelings) because it implies that no one can come up with their own sense of right and wrong; morals must come from a third party because observation and critical, independent thinking aren’t enough to create one’s own moral structure.
I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that what bothers people most about Atheists isn’t that they think we have no morals, it’s that we don’t have a unified set of morals. Each Atheist must create her own idea of what it means to be a “good person.” Free thought is encouraged, even demanded, and as a result, we inherently have no guidebook for what it means to be an Atheist.
If there are no rules, it must be chaos! Atheists must therefore be anarchists! But no, of course we’re not. We love logic and science, and welcome theory change through careful study and blahblahblah. We don’t need answers to the big questions (which we can’t possibly know for sure).
As a result, however, there’s this bizarre attitude of, “I don’t know (or need to know) everything, and that makes me better than you.” It’s a conundrum: I’m not so special that the supposed creator of the universe listens to my every thought, and therefore I’m super special. I have no ego, therefore I’m the best; deal with it. LOL
I’m guilty of this for sure, and I’m fully aware of the absurdity of it, so… I am an anarchist! Crap!
No no, there’s an explanation, and here it is: I love what my brain is capable of discovering on its own, and I pity people who don’t feel the same about their own incredible thinking power. The thought process is, “Look how awesome my brain is! Hey guys, you have brains too! Wait, what? You don’t want to use them? *sigh* Guys…WTF.” It’s not that I feel superior, I just don’t see why logic fails to pervade religious thought when it’s applied so readily in every other aspect of our lives. Why does anyone swear on a bible in a courtroom when the rest of the proceedings are based on secular law?
I’m not mad, I’m just… disappointed.