I think people can be atheists for different reasons. Some were religious at some point in their life, but something happened to them which turned them atheist. Some thought a lot about whether God existed or not, and after a lot of critical thinking decided they were atheists.
I am simply an atheist because I never felt any need or inclination to believe in a higher being, or ponder the meaning of life, and never understood what draws people to even think about such questions.
In a similar way as someone who has no aptitude for logical puzzles will try to solve a puzzle but have no clue what it is about as it is not "pressing the right buttons", I can read a religious text (or actually a philosophical text, and very often, poetry) and just not get it. My brain does not have a part devoted to the analysis of such material.
I see this trait as something essential to my personality: I am a good logical thinker, I was always good in sciences and mathematics. I was good in writing essays as they were always well structured and addressed the right points. I am just about the only person I know that never had an urge to write a poem. I am a reasonably good painter and singer, but my paintings start with ideas, rather than feelings. I don't like "deep" films and books because I don't get them. I often have a feeling than when an art or film critic describes something as "deep" it means "I don't understand it". And, what the hell does "transcendental" mean?
I somehow assume that on this forum there should be more people who are in this respect similar to me. I am quite sure there are many people who are good in sciences and mathematics, but do any of you make this same connection between religion, philosophy and poetry as I do? Are you also not the type of people to think about the meaning of life? Do you understand or write poetry? Please share your thoughts.
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As for art, well, I like art that is a show of someones skill, be it their competence with a paintbrush or other materials, or simply a really original or interesting concept or idea. what I don't get is accidents with painbuckets selling for millions of dollars. I consider any creation, like poetry, writing, movies, basically anything that matches my first bolded statements as "ART".
Heres a funny link from the same thread: