Anarchy: Is It A Force For Good In The World?
I suppose that this post won’t quite live up to that title, but that is what came to mind as these thoughts were coursing through the spectacular prefrontal cortex that I possess. A possession that we hairless apes seem to use as little as possible some times. I often think while driving to work that many of us keep them safely locked up in the basements of our homes to prevent theft.
What’s the point already!
Anarchy doesn’t have to mean complete breakdown of society and in this case I don’t mean it that way. The lack of centralized organization and rather much any organization at all for the growing number of people that self identify as atheists is a kind of anarchy.
The question is whether this is a good thing or a bad thing. Maybe it doesn’t really matter much at all. There are several national organizations for non-believers and these are the folk that the MSM generally consults on questions of non-belief although some have started to consult with youtube atheists (TheAmazingAtheist vs. William Lane Craig).
Side Note: I do not understand how they intended to get anything out of WLC. It generally takes him 5 minutes to introduce himself and what he wants to talk about.
I don’t think this will be the last time that a youtube atheist is consulted by the MSM. As time moves on I expect to see more of this. I have been clear on this blog that I do not represent other atheists and they don’t represent me. The only thing that can be said to be in common between myself and other atheists is that we do not believe in gods. Outside that point we can be completely incompatible personalities.
This is part of that anarchy. The theistic world wants to lump us all together but that is much like herding cats:
or something like this:
The kind of anarchy that this represents is to my mind a good force in the world. I say this for more than one reason.
If and when the majority of the world population are non-believers, non-belief would be a really bad method of organizing people. It would be akin to saying you belong the elite group of people who wear clothes.
For many of the same reasons that one world government is not a good idea right now, organizing a group of people and trying to put ALL people in it is not a good idea. We hairless apes are not one-size-fits-all thinkers. We need our freedom to be ourselves.
Yeah? And so?
So … I don’t relish the thought that we might go from monotheistic world problems to monolithic government world problems. We don’t need to replace religion’s grip on world governments with anti-theist grip on world governments. Philosophy, when it is used to guide governments, should be a shared philosophy accessible to all people. We might call it truth. Critical thinking is the way to get there. We need to teach people to think critically and be skeptical.
The path to the future for those in the rumored atheist community is not organization, but education. We need to teach others how to break out of their bronze age thinking. The world will be better for it when we don’t divide ourselves along theological lines. We need to reach for the stars, not the holy texts. Lets organize around education and equality rather than philosophy.
Yes <face palm> I know you can call that a philosophy. Okay! Let’s organize around the philosophy of education and equality and work together. Earth 2.0 is not that far away. We can get there. We can become more than we are now.
Okay, now does anyone have any good ideas on how to educate those that don’t seem to want to learn?