Thanx. I wasn't motivated enough to make the motto. I'll nominate you president. Hopefully we'll get a v-president, and I can be the one who brings in non-kosher refreshments...it'll drive my mom crazy. But, this apathism will mean y'all will just get some ham with lox wrapped around it.
Ok, who is with Scott and me?
Hi Andrea! I was pretty much 85% atheist by the time I was 14 or 15 but I would say "there might be a 5% chance god might exist" type of mentality. In fact, I remember as a sophomore in high school I was an atheist as I made a teacher in high school take down a Jesus writing off her wall (and the school debated about that so I had a fervor in my disbelief starting from then) but I might have held out a "1-2% chance" lol....I know naivety naivety....what made it 210% instead of 98.9% for me was when I just turned 16, I had an opportunity to visit Iran.
I had visited Iran earlier - but this time I was more mature and a thinker at the time, the trip at the age of 16 was the longest I had ever stayed in Iran (2+ months at the time but as of a few months ago I was in Iran for 8+ months as my grandfather had a heart attack). Anyhow, visiting Iran at that age and all that it encompassed made me realize that unequivocally religion was there to control the masses through fear and oppression. The Iranian people are united against that illegal and barbaric regime - but the way they force religion upon society - with the loudspeakers blaring the call to prayer at dusk to the images of the Mullahs splattered all over the city to the fact that if you are born a Muslim you cannot convert to another religion or become an atheist openly - your punishment is death. I remember lying down on my grandmother's bed and looking up to the wall and hearing the call of prayer and telling myself there isn't even a 0.000001% chance of religion being rational and real. The creation of god was simply a means to control societies for those in power. Therefore - I became a full 210% atheist when I was 16 but before then I was almost an atheist and was heading to that path irregardless. I was not interested in science at the time as I am now.
In fact - I think it is easier for Iranians to be atheists than Americans. Iranians are forced a religion that is against our culture - our culture is Persian, not Arabic or Islamic. It is the regime themselves that has made the majority of society anti-Islamic - and this is not only with the young.
BTW, I am 27 now. :)