These days I find myself less and less willing to identify myself as an atheist. On my personal journey of discovery, I have developed my own opinions and beliefs that don’t fit any more into atheism than they do into any of the mainstream religions.
Central to those beliefs is my own personal outlook on life, and the understanding that a person has a right to draw to their own conclusions, no matter how crazy or radical they may appear to other people. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not for one moment advocating extremism or any form of brainwashing – far from it. What I am advocating is that behind every person’s beliefs there is a thought pattern and a process that got them there. This process is called life.
Though I cast judgement on people as much as the next person, I constantly find myself wishing I didn’t. My own prejudices often find me silently questioning people’s intelligence when they tell me of their religious beliefs, but given my knowledge of psychological development, I realise that this is a fault on my part. Continue reading