An Atheist and Mentally Ill Persons Guide to Happiness

  • Know when to quit. Try your best, and know your limits.
  • Chronic failure means a chronic problem. Don’t be ashamed to get help.
  • Think of failure as a beginning of something and not an end in itself.
  • Other people matter, but their unjustified negative opinions of you don’t.
  • Very few things are do or die.
  • Things can always get better or worse, but you might as well enjoy the ride.
  • Feeling overwhelmed? Take some you time. An unmade bed never hurt anyone.
  • Be kind and patient with others.
  • Do not spread yourself thin.
  • Always challenge yourself. It’s fun.
  • Be honest with yourself about your flaws, but don’t make yourself miserable. Just try to fix the problem.
  • Be intellectually curious and honest.



morals and Atheism

Atheists, obviously, do not derive their morals from scripture, and many of us are proud of that. Many see certain laws in scriptures as harmful and immoral. Lately, I’ve taken an interest in metaethics and moral psychology. I will start to post more on these subjects when I have more readings under my belt. I did take a biomedical ethics philosophy course, but I still feel the need to dig deeper. Below is my initial position:

Morality only exists in a world with somewhat complex creatures.  Morality is a product of evolution in social animals. Humans are capable of superior morals. Look at how some of us can do complex differential equations in our head! Certainly, we could be able solve complex moral and social issues.

I’m not saying morals are subjective. I think, objectively, there are both good and bad behaviors. Still, I AM saying, if there was only one complex being alive, then many moral rules wouldn’t matter.

I am skeptical of utilitarianism. I don’t think the main thing that matters is the amount of pleasure, nor do I think the end always justifies the means. I think part of utilitarianism could be right, but I think it needs some additions and subtractions.

Atheism and the Good Life

I am a devout skeptic. (For those unfamiliar with the term The Devout Skeptic see my post on it.) What matters to me is whether God exists or not. The truth is what is of upmost importance.

Still, theists often bring up studies, claiming religious people are happier. I have no reason to look up the studies. I think it may very well be true, but people can be happy without religion.

I’ve confessed on this blog before about my schizoaffective disorder depressive type. (I have a few other issues as well.) In the early stages of my disorder, I was beyond isolated. I moved in with a family member who I felt at the time mistreated me, so I tried to be in bed when the person was home. I had no car and knew no one in the area.
I was, also, trying to see if my childhood atheism was correct. I decided to go to an Episcopalian church. The priest was the nicest man I have ever met. He’d even pay for my meds when I couldn’t. Everyone else was nice too.

Plus, they taught me contemplative prayer. It did feel trancendent
and calming, but many people feel this spiritual experience from meditation and prayer. I know Sam Harris wrote a book on this. I’m not normally a fan, but I’ve read half of it. It seems good so far. I digress…

For me, religion was temporarily helpful. I think it was 99% being genuinely cared for and 1% contemplative prayer, but it had to end. I couldn’t live with being intellectually diahonest.

I’m much happier than I used to be why? I have chosen a dream to chase.