Hi, I'm Eric, and I'm 21-years-old.
I am an atheist.
And it isn't surprising that I am, considering how religion has fundamentally ruined my life from the get-go.
I was born in a Conservative Republican, Presbyterian-Christian household. From the start, I was home schooled. For some people, this means gathering in a community of like-minded people, sharing ideas, resources, etc... but not for me. Basically what home schooling amounted to, for me, was unschooling. Which is basically the concept that you learn from your experiences.
Anyway, my parents basically locked my brother and me in our rooms all day with the same toys year after year. We rarely went out, and when we did, it was during the day to the store (usually a health food store) when no kids were around. There were no kids in my neighborhood, when we went to church we'd leave immediately after, so essentially I had no real friends for the first 16 or so years of my life.
Fast forward to now. I should be in college, I should be knee-deep in relationships, and I should be driving to work every day. I should be living. But, I'm not. I am completely at their mercy to this day. I have tried many times to talk to them seriously, but they always turn it into a victim thing on their end and it never gets anywhere. So now, I feel alone, and kind of scared that my life can't get anywhere... I never really had a chance, in retrospect.
So now you can see why I am an atheist (emotionally, anyway)--I never went to real school, never had friends as a kid and was home all day, because of a book written 2,000 years ago that tells you to worship a cosmic jewish zombie, and right-wing conspiracy theories spouted by Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and the like. Thanks, Christianity! You're the best!
P.S. Any advice would be nice.
Congratulations, sounds like yours turned out well. :-D
Thanks Chris, I think they did! Our fundie neighbors can't get over the fact that we heathens turned out such great adults! lol. Sounds like you're pretty terrific yourself! BTW both my kids are Atheists also. And my husband, although being raised catholic, I sometimes think he's more Agnostic. Open-minded though!
It may be too late to turn them in for child abuse, but it's never too late to start looking for nursing homes for them (especially nursing homes with a bad reputation, which why parents should always be nice to their children). Of course, it's never too late to give your father a right cross.
Welcome and feel free to 'vent' here with fellow freethinkers. You don't need to feel alone. What you've said reminds me of what it would be like to live a 'cloistered life', not a REAL life. I am the mother of a 16 year old and a 20 year old and have raised them without religion. As a parent, it is painful to know that they've had to struggle with bullying and with being 'different'...but because they've survived it all beautifully so far, I have to know that they are stronger people because of their experiences. I couldn't always 'save them'...and it taught them to be self-reliant, I think. It almost sounds like your parents were protective to the point of emotional suffocation...the term "emotionally atheist" that you used, made me wonder what you meant exactly by that? Empty?
It is time to think about getting a plan in your mind to distance yourself from what you see as 'unhealthy' living and define the kind of life you want. I would definitely agree that moving out and living on your own or with a room mate is the direction to shoot for. But I know the economy is terrible for people in your age range. It's bad everywhere but young adults are really struggling to find full-time jobs with wages to support themselves.
Ah, yes. Perhaps that was worded poorly on my part--I meant, you can understand why I became an atheist, from an emotionally standpoint, as opposed to an intellectual standpoint... which is something else altogether for me. The two combined were dealbreakers, for sure.
Thanks for your support.
You need to find a way to move your life forward.
Not knowing what your skills are it's hard to say much. Looks like you are literate and know the internet.
Like The Nerd I joined the military and that worked for me too, but that was another generation ago and a different war. GED is also an important step, you need that to begin a legitimate education. With the recession economy finding a job is hard, but ultimately you need to be able to get by. If you have other family maybe they can help. Good luck to you!
Y'know, if I still believed in god, I would probably think I'm cursed.
Firstly, I'd actually love to join the military. The problem is... I suffer from Celiac Disease, an autoimmune disorder which, when wheat products are consumed, causes the immune system to attack its own cells, which could have potentially fatal results. And, just my luck, the military doesn't accept recruits with this disease. :-/
Oh, and as far as other family goes... I really don't have any. :-/
Thanks for the advice.