Friday, May 25, 2007
[Joseph Stalin; atheist and former General Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party]
Many atheists are annoyed and genuinely bewildered by my insistence that atheism is a full fledged metaphysical philosophy and is therefore just as much a religion as Judaism or Islam. Seemingly they actually are not thinking in terms of materialism and determinism. Rather, for the typical atheist, atheism means “I just don’t believe in God.”
It suddenly dawned on me this week what atheists actually mean by this.
When an atheist says “There is no God” he really means only one thing: that he regards himself to be the most important being in the universe. Therefore there can be no God. This is what I call (slightly tongue in cheek) “The Argument from Ego”.
As it is actually commonly practiced, atheism is indeed not a religion but rather may be classified as an aspect of narcissistic personality disorder.
This helps us to understand another odd phenomenon: that without exception famous atheists are not nice people. Lack of empathy and arrogance are symptoms of their illness.
In practical terms, if one is going to choose a spouse, partner or neighbor, atheism should be regarded as a red flag. NPD sufferers seldom seek treatment. This helps us to understand why voters usually reject atheistic politicians.
Let us hope that everyone soon has a complete recovery.
Posted by jewish philosopher at 3:50 PM