The point of atheism, of being godless, is to reject the gods. Because the gods are a fiction forced on people by those who wish to impose social control on others. Thus atheism is a political, not a philosophical, stance.

By taking this stance, the atheist acknowledges that all philosophies, ideologies and so forth are human constructs, the result of human thoughts, motives and desires. Free from the apprehension of post-mortem punishment or supernatural wrath, the atheist is free to assess these constructs on their onw internal merits, and adhere to one that best suits their perception of themselves in relation to society. I try to practice Stoicism because it confirms what I have long felt - that happiness is not about getting what you want, but about not wanting more than you have at any given time.

The rejection of supernaturalism does not necessarily mean a rejection of meaning and purpose in life. It just means that the individual is free to decide their own meaning and purpose. A meaning and purpose as valid as any religion. We know, or we should know, that the only real purpose of any living being is to reproduce itself, to pass on its genes. That doesn't matter, we are able to invent more satisfying purposes for ourselves.

You can call that invention religious, spiritual, ideological, philosophical, anything you want. Your opinion, and you're entitled to it. But you're making more than is necessary out of a simple rejection of the supernatural and a choice not to be dominated by fictional creations manipulated by the power-hungry.

Snapper-up of unconsidered trifles, walker of paths less travelled by. Advocate-in-Ordinary to His Satanic Majesty.

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