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Mike Adams

IT - Business Analyst, Los Alamos County

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Atheism as a Spiritual Path

I have been an atheist for a few years now, but I continue to feel the need for a spiritual path and to live with spiritual principles.


I do have a spiritual path, which has found expression in my atheism. It lies in the unimaginable creative evolution of this incredible universe, in the complexity of our ecosystem and the incredible far fetched chance that with all the twists and turns that evolution took along the way, humans evolved and luckily for me, I somehow was born. I experience gratitude that despite all odds to the contrary, I get to experience this crazy and beautiful, yet challenging life, that I get to be a parent and try to make a difference for my fellow humans.

I definitely have a spiritual path. It includes and is largely based on science, on quantum mechanics and theory of relativity. It allows me to sit in awe at the wonder of a developing human fetus, which goes through the stages of evolution in it's mother's uterus. That we are all spawn from matter created from super novas and transformation of energy into matter and back again millions or billions of times until today. We look around and see this mass of diverse matter and life, but it is all star-dust, created by exploding stars and the transformation of energy.

Evolution continues to unfold unbidden and undirected, but incredibly beautiful!


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  • Jun 15 2012: Just read your essay Mike. Beautiful and touching, it brought a tear to my eye. Part of that I think comes from the hope that more people will follow your path of reasoning to a, in my opinion, much more sensible and nuanced interpretation of life. Keep the lack of faith!
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      Jun 22 2012: Thanks Mike, I've not remembered to check in on this in a few days (lame) My weekends come along and distract me. There are gardens to tend, chickens to feed, etc....

      Anyway, I appreciate your comments and thank you for stopping to read.

      --Mike A.

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