cuchulain Posted May 8, 2018 Report Share Posted May 8, 2018 Something I have had trouble with as a person in general, but especially in the area of discussing my atheism, is understanding that I do not have to answer a bunch of questions. The conversation(or attempted conversion, if you will) usually goes something like..."I'm an atheist", and the response being "Why don't you believe in God?". That's right where I and many others mishandle things, I think. I have no burden to answer why I don't believe in God. When asked this question, I try to remember I don't have the burden to prove why I don't believe, but that the person who is at this point trying to convert me has the burden to show why I should believe. Often it is the case that a generally nice person will try to answer the questions put to them. A question places a lot of feelings on me, personally. Usually I feel like I owe the person asking some kind of response, it just seems like the polite thing, you know? I have been raised by people who believe in giving to each other, in respecting each other and treating each other the way we would like to be treated. For the most part, this is sound practice for me. But there are those people out there who know just what that means, and they use it to place a burden on me that doesn't exist but that I perceive nonetheless. Just a thought for the day, after dealing with some narcissistic personality types. Quote Link to comment
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