I think the following diagram explains why “Atheists” as a group are increasing. It also explains how in the end everyone will be “Atheist”.
- Until animals became self-conscious and began to think there was just “reality”. E.g. an “ant” lives in reality and adapts through evolution to its complexity. It becomes part of the complexity behind reality. But an ant does not try to holistically try to understand “complete reality”.
- When we learned of materials to write on (e.g. papyrus) it gave us the opportunity to study the reality around us and write it down in other words: let follow-up generations build upon that understanding of the reality around us and create new understanding upon it. Philosophy arose 300 years after the export of papyrus. And out of Philosophy “a structured way to understand reality” came all the thousands of sciences to even better understand all the structures and systems including the ones in us because we are part of reality. During time we got better at managing big data and analyzing that big amount of data.
- We are now just on a meta level of understanding complexity, systems, structure (e.g. taxonomies) and the thousands of meta puzzle pieces that should be put in place to get a holostic view on reality (as a total). Our sciences DO have an end goal: every of the thousands of sciences HAS and end goal and “computing” power and knowledge is increasing every day with a multitude.
- We arrive at a point somewhere in the future that we or another being within reality will understand “everything”: all structures and systems.
religion – At the same time philosophy appeared, older “understanding of reality” took the advantage of the tool “writing”, a world view to describe the world in terms of magic, strange beliefs, myths and legend and fantasy some of these attached itself deeply into culture and human rituals and “folk understanding of reality”. However, they are not in the straight line in the picture above: they are some weird lines that end up death. Their understanding of reality flawed and therefore these tens of thousands of branches of understanding reality will die out: they have no answer to reality: do they do not invent “computers” or give us “walking on the moon”. They are “static flawed ideas” that are more cultural ritual based than of any use to humanity.
Since there is only 1 road and the road is “natural”, I would almost say “a logical evolutionary approach” or “something that just happens in reality” will get us to a point somewhere in which we have captured reality in systems and structure. We “understand” reality. At that moment there are no “gaps” anymore where a “God” or “Santa Claus” can hide, since everything is clear. And actually… we are already at the point that the idea of a “God” can be traced back in time to when people actually had these pantheons of Gods and before that how these may Gods originated from natural phenomena or animals or old dictators.
So we are at an interesting point in time of humanity: will we get rid of these strange already proven untrue ideas soon or will it take another 1000 years? In the end it does not matter: if we will not make it, some other sentient being on another planet will reach that stage. Which is an important notion: because… as in all evolutionary thinking: what will that other sentient being on another planet do for a next step if we don’t beat it first?
no organization - It also explains why “atheist” do not organize in political parties or groups that search for power to influence the brains of more people in a certain society. It is because they are on the right evolutionary path: there is no need for them to “organize”. You only “organize” e.g. in a religion when you want to impose power and want to deviate from natural next steps. There would be no need for a “religion” if every human would naturally follow the right steps. But the tens of thousands of religions who all believe totally completely different things today try to organize themselves in groups to gain power over other people in reality and “bend” them to illogical ways of thinking or in other words: deviate from understanding the systems and structure behind reality completely.
The atheist stream is the river that flows to the sea. Any of the tens of thousands of dams in between that let some of the water flow to the right or the left will prevent the water from flowing to the sea. But… as we know… it may take thousand of more years but in the end … water will reach the sea. Therefore atheists seldom “organize”. They are on the natural path to the sea. No need to organize in a large constitution or influence other water drops to flow to the right or the left: just follow nature. No need to “evangelize” or “kill” water…. just follow the flow. This is also why Atheist seem to be so happy inside: they are in complete natural flow in what nature has in petto for them. “they get it” or “they are in line with nature and natural evolution”. No need to kill or evangelize other water drops. No need to organize.
structure and systems - We are at a stage that we not only understand planetary processes (“sahara sand lifts off and land in the Amazon with rain to provide fertilizar”), the teeny weeny little processes (“quantum parts make up the smallest group of essential particles that make up everything including mass”), the largest processes (“the suns, from 2 atoms produced all the other atoms like the atoms we exist off”) but also “our” processes because we, as indicated above in the picture, are part of reality. We understand the bits and pieces of our body and we understand our behavior: when will we do what in what context. There is no room anymore for anything “magic” and even more strongly stated: “magic things have been proven wrong during the past 2000 years”. Everything you see around you currently, including the computer on which you read this, is a result of the natural flow we are going through, not something “totally not understandably mysterious all powerful weird thing”. We are now on the verge of understanding the structure and systems behind the things we previously found “complex” and therefore provided simplistic world views on reality. Reality is complex to understand. There is no “simple” being X and well.. end of story, go te sleep, reality is simple just read 1 book. No. There are hundreds of thousands of layers behind each question which have to be answered. So to those of you who still “believe (something)” : embrace complexity and follow the natural evolutionary flow for humans. Dare to ask the right questions and ask ALL questions. And then dare to ask the follow-up questions. Enough answers out there, lets get there before something else out there does.
why is atheism no religion ? All Atheists do is try to understand reality based on philosophy and science. They do not need to add “midgets, wonders, gods, giants, santa claus” and so on. These ideas were studies for hundreds of years and not so lang ago even the last “proof of something that we may never understand” has been disproven. There is no room anymore for anything else if you would read everything out there we currently know. Which is also the reason why most scientists are atheist: they actually do read a lot of things out there we currently know. And it is also the way to go to become an atheist: just ask more questions and read more of the knowledge out there and things happen naturally. No one else needed but yourself. And after a certain point even if someone would come by to convince you that Santa Claus does really exist… you would KNOW that this is nonsense. Just because you have read enough and asked the right amount of questions. It would then by your job to show that other person the way to KNOW that Santa Claus does really not exist. For instance… create a blog post….
One fundamental difference is that religions ask you to repeat things. You have to say the same lines of simple texts hundreds of times, you have to perform the same ritual over and over again, like a robot. Barely anyone dares to ask why 1 time is not enough. Within Atheism 1 time is enough. You are only encouraged to ask questions and not to repeat that you will serve an organization over and over again and repeat the same texts over and over again until your mind goes crazy. Atheism lets your mind and knowledge grow and lets you understand MORE about reality instead of repeating simple lines over and over again.
another way to look at it – Another way to look at it from a Science Fiction point of view is the following which poses the questions if humans on earth will be the first to reach this stage or some other competitive being on another planet. Just because we exist it means we are still in the race.