Somehow I have never felt so good about atheists from child hood. I always thought religious people are only good(as I grew up I knew I was wrong !!). But still I had this little negative feeling about atheists until a couple of weeks back !
I always wondered how an atheist like Kamal Haasan could do a movie like Anbe Sivam which I would acknowledge as one of the best movies in Tamil worth watching. Off late have been coming across and closely observing people who called themselves atheists/agnostics etc. On introspection I found that they do work for social causes, do counseling and overall work for the motto only to help others!!!.....Oh boy ! but they are so similar to so called religious persons too !!!
Being a cusp millennial software engineer that I am, in one of the meetings last week at my office I had to do a presentation (no techie stuff here !) to my leadership team through a video conference. Normally I would go to the rest room just before a meeting and pray and call the divine and say prayers like “ God I should do well and do to my own best satisfaction atleast ”. But on that day I had to rush up to the meeting and did not have the time to go and talk to my own GOD.
Seated there in the video conference I was contemplating “Should I go and quickly come in 5 mins” (since my presentation was only second).Then a thought emerged – "Anyways even if I go to the rest room I will not have a physical God to talk to. Why not try to say the same prayer from where I am – In this meeting room itself". At this my next chain thought rippled “ So what am I doing. Am actually talking to myself". I do not know what an atheist does before a presentation but am sure the person also talks to himself/herself and sends IN positive thoughts just like what I did. So God or No GOD is in fact WITHIN EACH OF US. We are THE DIVINE! (Neeyum Sivan, Naanum Sivan - In Kamal Haasan's words)
Personally for me it was a day of self realization and I am now able to appreciate the positive side of atheists/agonostics too.
Have you also had similar experiences. Would like to hear ..