Help me a fill a hole in my belief system
March 11, 2010 10:10 AM Subscribe
Atheist/secular filter: How do non-religious people deal with good fortune and lucky breaks? I'm having trouble replacing the whole "God is looking out for me" concept of my youth with something more in line with my current belief system.
posted by the foreground to Religion & Philosophy (72 answers total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
I have been an atheist for many years and do not consider this any sort of crisis of "unfaith," for lack of a better term. I do struggle to compartmentalize this one particular aspect of my belief system though, which may have been brought into sharper focus during the financial downturn and seeing many others struggle while my life continued to hum along pleasantly, with much seemingly inadvertent good luck thrown in along the way. When I was a kid I had this picture of God sitting on my shoulder and steering me along. The image has lingered long after I have rejected the idea of it intellectually. Has anyone been through something similar? I imagine there might be some good philosophical texts out there that address this sort of thing which I would be interested in discovering too. Thanks!