Isaac Wells Posted almost 4 years ago An atheist is still in a theist paradigm. I think I'd agree with what you've said Nicholas. Among the people that I am friends with, few would consciously accept themselves as part of a group. It seems that...a lot of people don't really think about these things though, so they unconsciously do so. Self-awareness would more or less get rid of all of that though. It is good for us to be proud of things, and more of it could be quite beneficial, so long as it doesn't make us look down on others who are different. So long as shared humanity always comes first, and a respect for the shared humanity. Some respect for yourself and your origins goes a long way towards improving your life, and sharing that with others definitely improves their lives as well. Thank you for your response Nicholas!