Thank you guys :-)
Ya UAE is better than Pakistan. People here don't give me strange looks when i don't go for prayer or if i don't switch off my music when they call for Islamic Prayer (Adhan is the Arabic word for calling people to come to pray to allah in the mosque).
And yes its a rich city for rich people, it's like a gold reserve but you cant touch it :P and yes they have that "indoor Downhill Skiing".
Sorry for the drugs part (if you are referring marijuana then i don't consider it a drug)
Nice to meet you guys :-)
Thanks for introducing yourself & welcome to the nexus. I'm from a similar background & feel like you're lucky to have a family that doesnt force you to follow or practice their religion. But I'm just curious...how do you dream of going back to a country & society thats getting more & more radicalized & intolerant & even imagine living there as an atheist? Do you think you'll be able to keep your lack of faith hidden from everyone & even if you manage to do that, dont you think it'll be a lonely existence? If you ask me, its not worth it :)
That is probably the best you can do... live on your own farm, live independent, isolated from the tier 1 viral insanity carried by most Pakistanis. Some parts of Pakistan are indeed very beautiful and serene... sadly the people often do not reflect the landscape :(
Don't forget, you need internet access so you can keep us updated - tell us stories of life on the front lines ^^
Well my friend, I do have a bit of an idea where you are coming from. My father was a Methodist minister and my family is general was fairly fundamentalist. I took religion seriously enough to think about it critically so now I am an atheist. My graduate work was primarily in Middle East studies and I taught religious studies (Islam and Hindu)as a grad student. So I do have a little understanding of religious socialization and indoctrination beyond this society.
I have been reading Darrel Ray's The God Virus and find that to be a fascinating and very useful metaphor. Those around us who are infected generally find an atheist to be inconceivable. The also find us to be threatening to their peace of mind and hence they can be violently dangerous to the non infected.
I would therefore caution you to be careful. I am careful in the USA and we have a moderately open society. I would also be very interested in hearing your thoughts and concerns and the difficulties you encounter. Our cultural differences allow for a good deal of learning on both sides.
Have you ever lived in the US?
Best regards and keep thinking.