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The "I'm Better Than You!" Phase

Discussion in 'Non-Theistic/Non-Religious Beliefs DIR' started by Spideymon77, May 24, 2017.

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  1. Spideymon77

    Spideymon77 A Smiling Empty Soul

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    I remember when I first got out of religion I was like "I can see clearly now, the rain is gone!" And, like an ***hole, I boasted about it to basically everyone I knew.

    Of course, now I realize how petty that was and why Atheists have the stereotype of being ***holes.

    I'm curious to know if any non-theists went through this phase before.
     
  2. ADigitalArtist

    ADigitalArtist Well-Known Member
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    My husband and I call it the angry atheist phase, and it took a long time for us to get through. The hardest part was accepting that the behaviors associated with that phase (and it's a range, I think) only makes things worse. Half the people they're responding to will be turned off by the ego, the rest will perceive it as the expected persecution they actually want to solidify their faith.

    I fully believe the best humanizing activity is just hanging out with people regardless of if they disagree with you. Then you're a face. Your a person with interests and relatability. Not just some faceless ego on the internet telling people that believing in gods is silly in illogical and they should be more intelligent.
     
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  3. YmirGF

    YmirGF Bodhisattva
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    I am fortunate to have never suffered from this condition. My sympathies to those who have gone through it or are going through it
     
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  4. Deathbydefault

    Deathbydefault Apistevist Asexual Atheist

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    I have not, though some wouldn't agree.
     
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  5. SabahTheLoner

    SabahTheLoner Master of the Art of Couch Potato Cuddles

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    I don't like to admit it but there was a time where I thought that no religion at all was the answer. The answer. I've come to see my faults since.
     
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  6. gnomon

    gnomon Well-Known Member

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    A short time in college.

    Then a specific moment lead me to realize that I didn't know ****.
     
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  7. LuisDantas

    LuisDantas Aura of atheification
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    What do you mean by "gone"?

    The above was meant in jest. But really, I don't think it is very common for human beings - atheistic or otherwise - to completely avoid the stance of sincerely believing that we somehow know better than our peers.

    Of course, that is no excuse for not learning to watch out for it and compensating with cautions, etiquette, and just plain awareness.
     
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  8. Nowhere Man

    Nowhere Man Bompu Zen Man with a little bit of Bushido.

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    Your just happy about it.
     
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  9. lewisnotmiller

    lewisnotmiller Grand Hat
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    Something like this for me too.
    I went through some sort of final, active seeking mode. Like I was sure I was an atheist already but wanted to see what value some other people I respected were getting out of religion.

    I suspect I then conflated what I got out of the rituals, etc (not much, despite being open to them) with what they got. It didn't take me long to see the problems with this, but yeah...there was a short period of smugness (I guess is how I'd term it)
     
  10. OshoSannyasin

    OshoSannyasin Constant Seeker After Truth

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    I am in the same situation. I seem to be hopelessly addicted to religion, but I don't really believe in any of them. I'm just spiritually minded. That's part of what attracts me to Osho Sannas: Osho once said that Osho Sannyas is not a religion, it's a religiousness. But it's atheistic so it's basically religion without any gods. (for those unfamiliar with Osho sannyas, it's an offshoot of Zen. It's not Zen, though, but it's heavily influenced by it).
     
  11. Explore

    Explore Atheist, anarchist, feminist.
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    I definitely went through what I consider a pretty cringey "angry atheist phase", to borrow ADigitalArtist's wording above, when I first became an atheist. For a couple years I was always looking to debate with people online and I had quite an obnoxious self-righteous attitude at times. Back then, I was pretty convinced that religion was the greatest evil in the world, and that fueled my (what I now consider a seriously misguided) passion and justified my antagonistic approach to dealing with religious people.

    I've mellowed way out over the years. My atheism is one of the least important aspects of my identity now.
     
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