Labels and divisions.

So apparently there has been quite a significant amount of talk recently about figuring out who the gnostic and agnostic atheists are. This idea I find to be but highly comical and utterly moronic. I mean come on people, it’s not that long ago we were at each other’s throats over the idea of organising atheism and now you want more division?

Honestly what difference does it make if someone is an agnostic or gnostic atheist? They still don’t believe in a god, you’re just splitting hairs at this point. Do you concern yourself with whether someone is an agnostic or a gnostic theist? No, probably not, and do you know why? Because it makes almost no difference to the substance of most debates about religion.

How about instead of trying to divide people by labels, we start to just work as groups trying to accomplish specific goals? At the end of the day most labels only tell you, for certain, one specific thing about a person. Beyond the meaning of that label, any conclusions you form about that person are speculation. For example let’s use a label like “gambler”. All that label tells you is that the person in question gambles. It doesn’t tell you what form of gambling they partake in, it doesn’t tell you if they are a winner or loser, it doesn’t even tell you if they are a casual gambler or an addict. The vast majority of labels work in the same way.

I, for one, don’t care if you’re an agnostic or a gnostic atheist. All I care about is what your goals are and whether I they are in line with mine. I don’t even care if you’re a theist, if we both agree that, for example, religion should have no say in politics or law then I will happily work with you to achieve that goal.

Forget about finding divisions amongst atheists, we’re already a minority as it is. Instead find what connects us as atheists, and as humans, and work from there.


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