In this modern age of apparent western enlightenment, there seems to be a strong urge for atheists to be very vocal about their worldview. They tend to imply that all belief based on superstition is ridiculous, and should be stamped out for good. But is superstitious belief necessarily that bad?
Recently I heard the sad story of a young boy who was dying of terminal cancer. His parents, who knew the real prospects of survival, remained positive to the very end. For all the child knew, this was an illness that the was going to recover from.
Of course, the child was being lied to, but this lie gave him a quality of mind that lit his days until he passed away. The lie, the belief contrary to the evidence, gave the child comfort.
This story got me thinking about wider beliefs, which atheists consider to be lies humanity tells itself.
Generally atheists are looking for truth and believe that all this superstition simply clouds the path to that truth. But what does truth matter, from the human perspective? What is truth, anyway? If there is no afterlife, and all consciousness and memory is destroyed at death, does it matter if one is convinced that they will be received in heaven after death? Assuming that this belief isn’t going to hurt anyone else.
Our realities are defined by our beliefs. We should be free to believe whatever we want to believe, if it helps us get through life with a positive attitude.
Perhaps atheists, in their quest to enlighten, are blinded by their own convictions; selfishly believing that they are doing good when, in fact, they are helping remove sources of hope.