....are amongst my least favourite kind of people.
I mean really, what is there to be so pleased about? We live in a godless, entropic universe. Science tells us that we are DNA borgs, carriers and pawns of blind bits of mindless proteins and glob. Is that really something to be thrilled about?
The standard position of the happy atheist is ‘Yay! I’m free because Richard Dawkins tells me I’m free. Now I can do whatever I want’. Of course, it never crosses these idiots’ minds that ‘what they want’ is also the result of biological forces that they have absolutely no control over. So little of ourselves is self-chosen. To paraphrase Lawrence of Arabia, we can do what we want, but we can’t choose to want what we want.
Here’s a funny story: about a year ago a friend and I logged on to AtheistIreland. Although both unbelievers, we’d always found the site annoying because of the smug teenagers who ran it and seemed to think they were the most enlightened and intelligent people on the planet. My friend went on in the guise of a Christian preacher, telling them they needed Christ’s love and so on; I went on as myself, an unhappy atheist who wanted to point out to them the logical consequences of atheism. Hilariously, they thought my friend was real and that I was a made-up character. One idiot even said, “There’s no way any atheist could think like this, it has to be a con”. Anyway, we continued to debate them and they reached such a point of annoyance that they actually ran URL checks on us to see where we were and if we the same person. Eventually the insults started being traded and we were banned from the site! There’s your liberated, open-minded, tolerant atheist for you.
On the broader front, the standard position of today’s western societies is ‘You are an individual. You have every right to gratify your every passing whim because you’re special and unique. Go for it! And oh, if anyone gets in your way, just scream about your ‘rights’ and threaten legal action’.
Of course, this attitude just leads to having a collection of 7 billion + hedonistic, selfish assholes hell-bent on ego-gratification no matter what the cost. And I mean, really, why would you care about such creatures? Why would you give a shit about what happens to them? This is why lately I’ve adopted a position of more or less complete quietism. I no longer read the papers or follow politics; it’s a total waste of time. All you’re doing is watching ego-machines smashing into each other in their endless, brainless quest for their synthetic cheese. Depressing and revolting.
I’ve also been rethinking my philosophical position. I’ve always despised positive utilitarianism, the pursuit of joy and so on, now I’m dubious of negative utilitarianism as well, in the sense of trying to reduce the amount of harm already extant in the world. I find it difficult to see how you’d do that, and furthermore, if the aim of most people is to gratify themselves why should I be helping them? (Antinatalism is a form of preventative negative utilitarianism, in that it prevents a nexus of potential harm from being created, so that still stands, of course. Or maybe it’s something else altogether. All I know is that it’s the non-creation of a site of suffering, so thumbs up).The only charity I practice these days is giving money to homeless people. At least I can be relatively sure that I’m helping them secure a basic requirement for shelter and food. Everything else after that is up for grabs. (Not that I do this very often, by the way, I’m as selfish an asshole as anyone else.)
So that’s where I’m at at the moment. Sorry for the bilious tone, but the vast majority of my fellow bipeds do not impress me. To quote Cioran ‘To have nothing in common with most people apart from the shared fact of being a human being’.
Hope everyone’s as well as can be expected.