I have used a term on this web site quite frequently: Political Atheism.
I am always amused at how many people become alarmed at the very notion of it, using sophistry galore to claim it is “contradictory” (no, it isn’t), “wrong” (no, it isn’t), or “impossible” (no, it isn’t).
You hold a cluster of beliefs, but I bet none of them were ones you came up with. And I am also willing to bet some of those “beliefs” you don’t actually believe, but either tolerate or endure. You do not want to alienate an in-group that accepted you, or be seen as “strange”, “difficult”, and a “troublemaker.”
Too bad for you.
I don’t mind if wrong-headed people see me as a strange and difficult troublemaker. That’s their problem. They are either limited, manipulative, controlling, or most likely, cowards. That’s not on me.
We have religious atheists, and now you have a political atheist.
And I am willing to bet that I am hardly the only one.
Politics has become the new religion, but I am not waiting several centuries before I disown the very notion.
People try to force people to accept them — with the lure of content and promises, and then use the same structure to keep the flock in place.
There is no different between a political rally or a religious gathering. You have to believe in the candidates and the ideology — the same as religion.
Politics isn’t empirical. Just like religion. It is based on say-so, not actually evidence or experimentation. Aren’t we clever?
People think it is some sort of sneaky hack to pretend to be evolved when it is just another form of religion. Priests held power over the flock the way politicians do now.
It is sanctioned insanity.
People try to dismiss me, and then bully me. Sooner or later, I have to pick sides.
No, I don’t. Religions battled each other, and I do not have to pick a side. They are both hopelessly wrong and downright mean to boot. While I am a spiritual person, no deity would express themselves through religion, particularly the ones who molest children, confine people, shame them, isolate them from their families, or want to kill them.
Gods would want us to not depend on them or think of them as Santa Claus or our personal maids or butlers. We have selfish views on what higher beings mean to us, and I do not ascribe to any of it.
People can accept that from me. What they cannot accept that I am not impressed with Left/Right linear divides. No political system we have going is worth a bean. It is 2019; the time for passively wanting to be nannied by some They is over.
You would think political atheism would be a simple and mundane concept to accept, but it triggers many people who are trying to prove they are Always Rights, and then they have a meltdown. They want one single Them to blame, and then you have someone who thinks you both are alike, oppressive, boring, manipulative, tyrannical, and just plain suck. You want me to follow you even as you talk down to me and dismiss me? Really?
Memo: I don’t care what you think.
The most liberating of revelations is that no one else has to approve of your ideas or thoughts. You don’t have to be a follower. Nor, do you have to be a leader.
Nor do you have to be dawdling aimlessly in the the middle.
You can go wherever you wish however you wish. You don’t need approval or permission. You don’t need anyone’s validation or blessing.
You just have to be determined and active to forge your own path to create your own world — one that is in tune with your wants and needs.
Forge ahead by instinct and by heart. Trust yourself, help yourself, and don’t look for anyone else to rescue you. You are on your own in a world of people itching to shame others and make fun of them as they fall. They gossip and never bother to ask if you can pay your bills. People scam and cheat you and then blame you as they discard you.
That’s the way of politics. It’s war, and war is deception. I’ve no use for those games, and I look to other ways to make my life as fulfilling and meaningful as I can…