Hello and welcome to the adventures of your everyday atheist! I stand for social justice and am completely pro-equality, but I strongly disagree with the tumblr-type social justice warrior bullshit. Also, my ask box is always open. No but really, it is open to anything and everything.
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What if there was a child whose parents forgot to tell him that Santa’s not real? The other kids probably told him, but what if he believed anyways and didn’t even ask his parents about it because he was so sure? What if his parents then never told him the truth because, well, he never asked? And then what if he still believed in Santa even as an adult? And what if he continued to make excuses when Santa never shows up? The excuses could sound reasonable at first. For instance, Santa didn’t show up this year because my wife and I don’t have kids yet and Santa only gives gifts to good little kids. Then what if he continued to make up excuses, even completely ridiculous ones, because he really liked the idea of a jolly old man riding around on reindeer with toys that little elves made for all the good children? Or because he couldn’t handle coming to terms with something that he’s held so dear to him and was such a wonderful and important part of his childhood actually being one big lie?
Now I think I understand both why it is so difficult for people to change how they think about God, and why it is so stupid for them not to.
Liking an idea a lot and disliking having to cope with that ‘my whole life has been a lie’ feeling are incredibly illogical reasons for believing in an idea. Atheists point this out all the time. However, when you’ve put a great deal of emotional and psychological investment into an idea, it’s also very difficult to just give it up all of a sudden. That never occurred to me as much before. My religion was something I just grew up with, hardly at that, and then grew out of.