Friday, November 7, 2008

Why atheists are mean and depressed.

Hold on, stick with me for a second.

I just got done reading this article on Slate and I thought it made some pretty good points. I don't know how mean and depressed I actually am, but they do quote some hard numbers and show some scientific results that indicate that atheists are more likely to be unhappy than the religious.

The religious like to say that this is because atheists have a god-shaped hole in our lives. Turns out, it's just because we don't go to church. We don't get that community that the religious have. The way to fix this, of course, is to find a community.

I might suggest a book club.

Personally, though, I think I'm doing just fine without a community. Though I've never given blood (mostly because I really dislike not having all my blood), I give to charities and the homeless whenever I can - which is pretty frequently. I might get lonely every now and again, but that has more to do with being a shy, single guy than it does with being an atheist. I'm not depressed. I'm not angry.

I might be mean. I don't know. Am I mean?

1 comment:

Q said...

I give blood every 56 days.

I do it because it helps people, not because I think it will win me bonus points with an imaginary friend in the sky.

I think that altruistic atheists are more moral than altruistic religious people, since we are altruistic without having any faith that we will be eternally rewarded. We just do it to be good to other humans here on earth.