In an article recently regarding science and what alien life may be, at the end-- the phrase, " Until the first encounter, though, theorists will be free to float through an atmosphere unweighted by evidence."
Not only alien theorists, or any theorists, but also Mormons and others enjoy this lightness, this floating through "unweighted by evidence." Not very grounded, that, but sure does feel good to have the truth be whatever you want it to be--like Mormonism and others, and they sure want to hold onto it. Desperately.
And, the opposite is true. Levitating as an atheist? Why not? I didn't choose to be atheist. Just realized one day I was. I was surprised actually. What I found there was weightlessness. I was finally able to float through an atmosphere unweighted this time by evidence-less beliefs, dogma, commandments, and control." So this time the weight of evidence felt good, freeing. The perceptions had changed.
Well, "float" is not the right word, but the navigation that ensued gave me a real sense of purpose like I had not had before. I suddenly felt connected to others in a way that I never felt as a Mormon or as someone who gave religion the ultimate validity. The floating seemed to have a steering wheel this time instead of being pulled in a trailer by another vehicle.
There is a choice in life it seems and it's more than "window or aisle?"
Grounded or Untethered?
For me, though, lack of evidence was never weightless. Mormonism felt heavy. Very very heavy. I have never felt so light in my life as the day I realized the lie.
I guess it comes down to personal preference. Both grounded and untethered seem to work depending on what you really want out of life?
I'd like to be untethered from my keyboard for a minute--otherwise I know what you mean. I'm not an atheist, but still unencumbered by any religion. I felt the “floating” when I threw those overboard. That alone feels like breathing fresh air maskless (figuratively, not literally--Right now, I'm happy to have the mask.)
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I feel the same sense of lightness as an agnostic. I don't know, and I'm okay with that. I no longer care if someone else might know more about it than I do. I have some ideas about how things might work, but it's not important to me whether or not those ideas are verified. If there is an afterlife, I'll find out about it in due course.
And I'm not confessing anything to anyone. It's simply not their business. If the law has a beef with me, I'm sure I'll hear about it. lol
When I went to work at Thiokol and became close friends with many nonmormons. I had never been exposed to many nonmormons. And some of the mormons I met were different than any I'd ever met before. They still treat me well and love me like a daughter. I remember feeling like my life had changed in ways I couldn't put into words.
I had started to go inactive. I had questions about life that mormonism wasn't answering. Then I found out the mormon guy I was finally dating (never dated many mormon guys as they didn't like me much) was gay, a load as big as Mt. Everest as they had not just no answers, but the wrong answers. And I knew nothing else, so I turned to mormonism for help. And then all that happened after we got married. I remember walking at the track one day and I realized that it was okay that he is gay, that I was happy he had left, that I had another chance at being happy. I just remembered--my friend's daughter was getting married and every time something went wrong with the plans, her daughter would say, "the church is still true, so why does it matter." And that day, I realized IT MATTERED TO ME, and that was it. I was done.
I've never wanted the burden of mormonism back. The whole idea makes me SO WEARY.
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Did the concept mess up your hair as it zoomed overhead?
There is no statement here. There are questions and opinions with regard to how we choose to navigate through life. Am not pushing any agenda here, so, no need to make sure I know I'm dead wrong. But thanks anyway.