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Divine welfare
Scrolling through Facebook today I came across this post from a woman that used to work with me. Apparently she and her family are struggling to make ends meet and pay bills. This is what she said. "N real need of some help trying to figure things out but cnt find a way I love my husband he works sooo hard but its just sooo hard wit a single income wen u have a family of four. I dnt no wat to do. Praying" I will let the atrocious grammar and spelling slide since that's not what this car will be about. I can totally relate. It's hard for a lot of people. The problem I see with her statement, though, is that she says she doesn't know what to do and that she's praying. WTF?! She gave herself the solution to her problem in the very words she typed. They're a family of four with only one income. Go to work. Flipping burgers part time will get you a few hundred bucks a month. Surely that will help. Then to say she's praying. What the hell is that going to do? Not a damn thing. If someone offers help then it will be "god's hand" at work. If nothing happens then it will just be glossed over. Quit waiting for a divine hand out and fix your problem. Now, before all of you bleeing hearts out there jump my shit about how maybe she can't work I'll stop you now. She had a great job working where I work. She left it for one of those "too good to be true" opportunities. She doesn't work anymore. She has all the ability and apparently none of the drive. She might have to do something that's not so glamorous but do something, goddammit!
What is an atheist?
With this post I hope to dispel some of the more common misconceptions about atheists. I happen to live right in the buckle of the bible belt and I tend to hear a lot of arguments based on emotion and misunderstandings. First thing's first. An atheist, in the simplest definition of the word, is someone who does not believe in any god(s). For the most part we don't make the claim that there is no god because this would be on par with saying there is no bigfoot, no leprechauns, or no unicorns. Making such a claim would then make you liable for providing proof of that claim. You cannot prove a negative. I can't prove that there are no unicorns. I simply don't believe in them. Secondly, atheists don't have a specific philosophy or doctrine. We come from all walks of life. We are Democrats and Republicans alike. We are handgun carry permit holders and anti gun activists alike. We are dog people and cat people alike. The label of atheist is specific to one small aspect of our thinking. We don't believe in god. The only difference between an atheist and a theist is that an atheist has taken it one step further. Christians will say they don't believe in any gods other than Yahweh of the Bible. Muslims will say they don't believe in any gods other than Allah of the Koran. We went just a little bit beyond and said we don't believe in any of them. "You're only an atheist because you want to sin." Ah yes, please tell me why I do what I do. I am a good person. My friends know that I'm the guy that has their back and would do anything he could for them. I give to charities. I'm a good father. I'm a good worker. I don't do rob or murder or rape people. I do the most good and the least bad possible. I am nowhere near perfect and I fail from time to time but all in all I'm a law abiding citizen who, when I can, participates in community building programs. I have so much more I can say but I've gone on long enough for this card. Thank you for sticking around this long. Have a great life. It's the only one. **Please free to pass this along to anyone you'd like.**