When I was child, I couldn’t imagine what it would feel like to the people who choose an atheist way. An atheist in my family thought was a badness people. From what my parents and religious leaders told me, that an atheist will definetely put in the hell on the further or the next of life. I imagined it would feel like a fire burning people, their skin will burnt and their flesh will be the dust and the people have to pass through the hair bridge with magma at the bottom of the hell. Of course, I was asking the wrong people. I should have asked some atheists what it felt like.
The truth is that atheists feel pretty much the same as everybody else. They are not different with another people. They feel happy and sad, excited and bored, nervous and peaceful, ashamed and proud, lonely and connected, horny and disgusted, transcendent and confused and small and breathless.
It is perfectly natural to be an atheist with happiness and purpose. Atheists can only chuckle when moslems ask them how they can find meaning in life without God.
In my case, converting from Islam to rationalism, phylosophy, sufism made my life much better.
Now they--atheists--can be more honest. They don’t have to accept some scientific facts and reject others. They don’t have to excuse God for commanding rape or torturing children with painful diseases. They don’t have to uphold some Al-Qur’an verses and ignore others.
But those are not their reasons for being an atheist. The best reason to embrace atheism is because it’s almost certainly true.
An estimated 13% of the world identifies as atheist. Waw, it was a fear condition in few months ago for believers. However, the data from New York Time attacks my thoughts about the relationship among religion, backwardness and poverty. Actually i feel some fear because i am not an ateist and from the data i know something beyond my oldest thoughts. Why does religion make believer happy and feel like a peaks of spiritual ecstasy?
I am a moslem. In few years ago, for me, an ateists thoughts was a specter of religious life. But now it is more different. An atheists thoughts are more usefull than my fear and another moslems feel. I have friends and they confess as an atheists and we life as human. We did not life with hostility.
Actually, believing or not believing in a God is a complex personal choice. Every people have a different point of view about that. She chooses being a religious person. He believes God. It does not matter. Peacefullness on diversity is the main thing of us.
According to Bigthinks article who has been written by Paul Ratner that “believing or not believing there is a growing body of evidence that points to certain benefits of being an atheist. Being a theist has its own great advantages, but here are some of the reasons being an atheist could be beneficial (not necessarily in order of importance)".
1. Happines and Atheism
If you are a believer of God, may you will confined about the sins, prohibitions and many more the rules of your religion. If it happen may be you can’t feel the truth of happines. So, if you want to know more deeply about an indicator for seeing people happines in a country, I will explain that.
Happines index is a scale for measuring happines of people in a country. Every country has a different happines level. You can see this website, seeing your country level as your reprecentation happines and many more: http://worldhappiness.report/.
Based on Bigthinks article I have read, I can describe one sample. For example, "in Scandinavian countries tend to be the least religious countries of the Western world and yet are consistently ranked the highest in the polls that measure a happiness index. Many factors go into such ratings, like economics, life expectancy, healthcare, social safety nets, and the transparency of the government, but it’s hard not to notice a potential correlation between atheism and happiness".
Some researchers are so confident that religion makes people happier, and healthier, that they want it to be prescribed by doctors (1). It caused by asumptions that whatever happen in their life is their destiny, their ways which God chooses. Now that religion is losing out to atheism, is happiness at risk?
One of the best-known findings is that religion protects people against depression. I thought it was true. According to a 2003 meta analysis (2) that combined the results of 147 different studies, religiosity explains less than 1% of the differences in vulnerability to depression. If religion has such small correlations with depression, it may not be a huge factor in happiness either.
Why are these European countries so happy? Their happiness is explainable in terms of a combination of national wealth and redistribution of resources via high taxation and a well-developed welfare state. So paying taxes makes people happy after all. Happines linked with another things.