We are born and if we are lucky there are many people to help us and guide us. Sometimes it seems like a tug of war with all the factions tugging in different directions but the intent is good. Of course, the intent isn't good enough. Well-meaning does not prevent harm. There are many dead people that died because of a well-meaning act.
At some point, it is up to us as individuals to take responsibility for ourselves. That may come in steps or abruptly depending on circumstance.
I had the fortune of having a caring home and enough freedom to develop self-responsibility. By the time I was in high school I was trusted to be on my own. Right before my junior year my family moved to Texas and left me to finish high school in Hawai'i. That is when reality set in for me. My father paid me an amount to sustain a modest living, but the budget was up to me. I learned to take on odd jobs for spending money. The type of job didn't matter. So I learned to work hard, maintain my grades, keep to a budget, and still have fun.
The next time reality hit me square in the face is the first time I was wounded. I am not allowed to give specifics but I sustained a serious but not a life-threatening wound. That is when it hit me that I was not indestructible. When you are 20 years old you think that you are indestructible but soon find out the hard way. Of course, the scars of that wound have all but faded except in my mind. I know just how fragile one is and it doesn't take much to be killed or crippled for life.
Now the reason I bring this up is because understanding that there is no god is a part of growing up and coming to grips with reality. Reality has to set in for you to get it. When you realize that every excuse for a god has a major hole in it, then all of a sudden it hits you.
We have all read theories and claims by theists that claim that they have definitive proof of a god only to realize it is just another excuse with a huge hole in it.
I don't know what it will take for these people to wake up maybe a huge dose of REALITY!
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