Atheism: a religion in its own right
I have had various conversations with with people who conform, more often that not quite radically, to various degrees of atheism. Their views on life and its nuances, mind its activities, emotions and their explanations, compelled me to conclude:
Atheism is a religion.
In my humble opinion, atheism is perhaps structurally the most rigid religion of all. They even implement violent dialectics to convert conventional believers into their belief system. An example of a personal acquaintance: if a research paper in the field of sociology stinks of theosophy, choose a review panel that ensures that it does not get published. What certifies their rigidity, however, is the strict rituals they need to follow throughout their life. The most important code of conduct is to never ever, by even the slightest hint of imagination, doubt your own intellect when you don’t understand the concepts put forth by a conventional religion. As soon as you confront a word that you do not comprehend, call the philosophy absurd, and walk away. The religious leaders of atheism go one step further and encourage the people of their faith not to explore any other way of life.
Atheism has similarities with other older religions too. It is, just like other religions, fragmented into castes and creeds based on their direction and intensity of disbelief. Their rituals and ceremonies differ accordingly. I provide a short list here:
- A true Christian-atheist, for instance, follows the ritual of drinking whiskey every Sunday morning.
- An honest Muslim-atheist sleeps with his/her feet pointing towards Mecca every night and savours pork dishes, especially where their gastronomical inclinations are publicly viewable.
- A hardened Hindu-atheist relishes beef with incredible lust and visits places of worship for their natural beauty only. S/he, of course, makes it a point to urinate/defecate in a holy river (Ganga is a perpetual preference) at least once a year.