Individual Freedom is My Religion, Too!
I didn’t realize it’s just buried in my subconscious mind waiting to be mined. It only took a single YouTube video posted by a fellow atheist for me to discover it. I now say that FREEDOM, in the strictest sense of the word, is my religion. If there’s such thing as a religion, mine would be FREEDOM or INDIVIDUALISM and nothing else. Thanks to Pat Condell, a hardcore atheist and critic of religion, for clearing the woods in my mind.
FREEDOM is, in fact and in truth, the message of my controversial anti-public education blog. I believe that the most important condition to man’s existence is freedom, which means man’s freedom to act and freedom from the interference of the state or others.
I stated in an earlier blog the following:
“Contradictions cannot exist”- this is the fundamental tenet behind my controversial blog. There should be no contradiction in man’s basic premises. That is, our cognitive understanding of “rights” should not contradict the truest essence of freedom, which means that a man is metaphysically free, by virtue of his nature, to live his life, to pursue his personal goals, to earn a living by trading his ability or products with others, if he wishes to, and to enjoy the fruits of his labor. Man is an end in himself, not the means to the ends of others- this is the idea upon which a free society is based, and by “free society” I mean an informed society.
Pat Condell’s video reminds me of my encounter with a neo-Nazi, neo-mystic group called the Filipino Free-Farters. Yes, it’s true that these neo-mystics are rabid critics of religion, but they simply missed the point because of their utter ignorance and stupidity. Based on their actions and rants online, they think that atheism is everything- that their eternal duty on earth is to evangelize and preach the virtue and essence of atheism. But they failed to grasp that atheism is as bad as- or could be even even worse than- fanatical religion if it were not grounded in reason. They have this kind of crude mentality because these neo-Nazis have this mystical understanding of reason. They think that reason is science and use these two words interchangeably, as if concepts and terms have no objective, exact meaning at all. Their poor lexicographic use and understanding of reason and science also exposes them as post-modernists, which clearly explains their hardcore nihilism and utter contempt for rational philosophy and ideas.
In my online letter to the Free-Farters, I wrote the following:
A true advocate of reason truly understands that contradictions cannot exist. In order for Man, who is the standard of value, to live and exist, he needs a society that does not contradict his nature and respects his inalienable individual rights. Thus, for a society to be free, it has to embrace a certain type of socio-economic system that is consistent with man’s nature and rights. Man’s nature suggests that he cannot exist in a society that regards him as a sacrificial animal. Man’s rights also suggest that he has to live in a society that embraces rational principles and objective moral ideals. This is how the United States of America developed and became the most prosperous nation in the world.
Also, this video reminds me of my earliest take on the Free-Farters, wherein I wrote:
I don’t really talk much about my atheism because I don’t consider it a big deal at all. I don’t believe being an atheist will make a person more rational and more sensible. For me, atheism is not an end in itself. It’s never a guarantee for anyone to live as a rational human being. This is the reason why I don’t mingle with some people in these parts who label themselves as “Freethinkers” (whatever that term means).
There are several self-proclaimed godless people today— the so-called New Atheists—who band together like fanatical followers of a secular religious cult. They talk about their atheism as if it’s one of the means to achieve secular salvation. They exert so much effort to recruit believers to embrace godlessness as if it’s part of their secular duty on earth. Like the Catholic priests, protestant pastors and passionate televangelists, these New Atheists have been embarking on secular evangelism, hoping to recruit more people to their cultist fold. If the more than one billion Catholics have Pope Benedict XVI and the Muslims have Ayatollah Khomeini in Iran, the New Atheists have Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, Richard Dawkins, and Christopher Hitchens as the high priests of the global secular cult.
Pat Condell is not a Freethinker or Free-Farter. Yes, like me, he’s an atheist, but atheism, for him, is not a big deal. Freedom is his religion. Freedom is my religion, too, which means that I believe everybody in a free society has a right to choose and pursue his course of action. Anybody has a right to religion, to express his mind, to write a blog, to protest the actions of the government, to form an organization, etc., but nobody has a right to deprive others of his rights. That is, his rights to religion, to free speech, to his property, to his life, to his pursuit of happiness must be inviolable and protected by the state. Nobody has also the right to use force against others or to ask the government to use force and compulsion against a group of people for his own personal benefit.
Agora or a free-market of ideas: this is the corollary of man’s true understanding of freedom. We are engaged in a battle of ideas. So let the religionists preach their evil, irrational ideals. Let the communists preach their pro-slavery, wicked ideology. Let the Free-Farters spread their nihilism, virtue of hate, philosophy of death, and anti-reason ideals. But nobody has a right to use government force to deprive others of their rights. A battle of ideas means men have the freedom and freewill to spread and make their ideas known to others only by means of persuasion, not by force or compulsion. However, this is clearly not the advocacy of the Free-Farters. They want religion out by any means possible. Perhaps if they had the state power of force and compulsion, they would use it to stamp out the right of others to their respective religions.
It is true that religion, particularly fanatical religion, poses a threat to our country and to our freedom. But the solution is not to invade and invalidate this right of others. The solution had long been discovered. We only have to guarantee and secure the complete, total, absolute separation of state and church. This also means that churches and religious establishments should not be exempt from taxation. Since taxation has been deeply ingrained in our culture and in our way of thinking, taxation must be imposed on everybody uniformly.
Since some of the nihilist Free-Farters reject ideas and consider it immaterial, let me tell you that the “separation of church and state” is a rational idea grounded in reality. The Free-Farters’ idea of total banishment of religion from our society is against this principle of “separation of church and state.” The solution to the irrationality of the religionists is not to violate their rights. Also, the solution to the irrationality and stupidity of the Free-Farters is not to give them political power, which is what they’re craving for. The only practical and moral solution to irrationality and evil ideals is to discover reason.