There is a time in everyone's life when we are in dire need. It does not matter is you are atheist, agnostic, Christian, Jewish, gay, straight or any other label. We are all human beings and are subject to the same basic feelings of happiness and sadness. When a "theist" needs help they often seek divine advice whether they casually think "God, help me" or they go into pronounced prayer. But what does an atheist do?
Many atheists say things like that run along the lines of "I just deal with it." It is a broad and general statement that encompasses many ways of coping with the problems we claim to solve by ourselves. But what does one do when they feel their past faith telling them to pray?
As an atheist, I find myself feeling indifferent to the seemingly pointless rituals of prayer. But is there some basis of self-help that is independent of God contained in the act of prayer? When one prays he looks to his consciousness and a vast account of self-approved morality to solace themselves. The basic properties of prayer that yield comfort closely resemble meditation and its pursuit to peace of mind. One's prayers may go unanswered but the act of making them is, frankly, comforting.
This comfort comes from the act of dumping one's problems on God or whoever. To an atheist, or at least to me, this seems like a sign of weakness at first. However, can we honestly believe that society could function with the weight of their sins on their shoulders? Can we deny that some people simply need their God to lift themselves from the weights of grief? That even non-believers find themselves naturally "looking up?"
The concepts of religion are mostly just ritual. Their morals traditional and outdated. Yet there are remnants in faith that still aid the human mind, even to an atheist or agnostic. When there is a serious and sometimes life threatening situation that gnaws at our hearts, isn't it instinct to look anywhere and everywhere for help?
Whether its about love or our health
, we all need help, God or no God.