This makes sense, right? I mean, saying that an atheist hates religion is like saying that day follows night or that Jenny's phone number is 867-5309. It's science! Right? Right? RIGHT?!
|"ASKED YOU A QUESTION!!"|
...let's slow down a minute, you and me, and think about hate.
Hate is a curious thing. We're saddled with it as an emotion, but it's not damn likely to do anyone any real good. It's a nasty thing to feel; I know I don't like it. Trouble is -- we're only human, so we can have it.
Luckily, we don't have to experience it. At most, all you need to avoid feeling it is a little bit of emotional maturity and some self-control. To top it off, most, you know, sane individuals have several degrees of anger to burn through before they hit that wall; you kinda have to be go out of your way to get that freaking angry. It doesn't take any magic or special Mentat training, it just takes a healthy understanding of your own emotions, and of what good it does you to feel any of 'em.
Needless to say, I don't hate anything. I just don't go there. I get mad, yeah; frustrated, displeased...but I don't let things get to me THAT much. Is that weird? Am I part Vulcan? I dunno. I just don't hate.
|"Them haters gonna hate...what they do ain't nothin' new."|
At best, religions are serviceable means of psychological comfort couched in silly beliefs and superstitions; at worst, well...they can always get worse. I think that we'd be better off without them, and I think that they rarely -if ever- provide anything that common sense cannot (from cosmology to ethics). I think they're an idea whose time is over, a sway that is easy to abuse, a mistake to make.
But, c'mon -- hate religion?