One of my kids asked me if I'm nonbeliever and of course, I asked, "A nonbeliever of what?" I wasn't trying to be flippant, but there are so many things not to believe in that it is difficult deciding where to start. Then I said, "I suppose you mean am I a nonbeliever in god?" That prompted a long discussion, but I think he understood when we finished talking.
He was trying to find a way of categorizing me to a few of his friends that read my books. I hadn't given it much thought, but I have shunned traditional labels since college. What am I? To be truthful--I don't know. I can tell you what I'm not. Although born and baptized into the faith, I am not a Catholic. Although I am human, I am not a humanist. Even though I carried my brother's lunch to school, I am not very Bright.
I don't care for the word "atheist," not because it is a bad term, rather, because it says little but has connotations attached to it that extend beyond the word's true meaning. Of course, atheist is the reverse of theist, which describes a belief in one or more supernatural deities. Both words spring from the Greek word "Theos." So what?
That's a good question. So what? Physician is a term that has significant expansiveness in that it encompasses a wide range of knowledge, activities and expertise. Scholar is another word that speaks volumes. Scientist, teacher or hobo hold more meaningful description than atheist because they represent life directions; whereas, atheism, as strongly as some may assert their position, is little more than that--a position.
Everyone has a position. In fact, they are very much like colon exits--everybody has one, which signifies nothing except membership in the human race. So, that brings me back to where I started. I am a writer. I am a photographer. I am a teacher. I am a salesman. I am a father and I am a brother, but I am not an atheist.
Theism, theists and theocracy play such a limited role in my life aas to be almost nonexistent, except for the areas they intrude into my life. Otherwise, they aren't important to me in any way. That doesn't mean I won't speak out when they become irritants or ridiculous, which is often.
So, again, what am I? I'm not so presumptuous to think I'm Bright nor am I significantly motivated to turn my disinterest into a career like a politician. I've tried to find a word or invent one that indicates no interest in theism. It is incompetent, irrelevant, immaterial. I had to say that because I like Perry Mason, but I would like a word that indicates an absolute disinterest in theism.