Thanx for this essay. When one is an atheist one must be careful with this ‘subversive’ information. I found out last year when I went mental and ended up in a psychiatric hospital for 9 days. (I’m better now!) Certain ‘friendlies’ stopped being friendly when it became known I was an atheist. I have strong morals and even greater ethics, I abhor violence, yet some just don’t seem to understand the ’godless’ can even possess these convictions. Since I’ve always been single and a loner this hasn’t posed much of as problem but I’m careful lest I end up dead in a ditch. I found a community on Patheos. I didn’t know there were so many!
After the hospital stay I tried to find a therapist and he wanted me to start attending AA again, and yes I’ve been there plenty over the years. He was taken aback when I said I didn’t buy all the religion that was the foundation of AA. After all, to stay sober, one must turn their lives over to God’s care as we understand him. Big sticking point for me. I don’t believe and this is where I always got stuck. Besides AA’s track record is dismal about 3–5% success. I found different ways to cope though lately it’s been hard with the new regime murdering everything sacred to environmentalists and non-taxing the ones that need taxing the most. BTW, I finally joined Medium just to read this essay. The Ol’ Hippy.