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Atheism is a mental disorder

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Atheism Is A Mental Disorder (Delusion Disorder)

Ozodi Osuji

Atheists are always looking for somebody to fight with. Having convinced themselves that there is no God and life after death they pounce on anyone that they think believes that there is God and life after death.  They are on the lookout for a fight and war.  They fight what they consider to be their opponents, those who believe in God.

In these fights they want to win and have their supposed opponents lose.  They believe that they are correct and their opponents who believe in God wrong; they see themselves as right and see believers in God as wrong.

In the mental health field there is a nosological category for folks who always want to be right and want their opponents to be wrong, who want to win and their opponents to lose, it is called delusion disorder, aka paranoia.  Strident atheists tend to be paranoid persons.

Some persons are theists; they posit a God and believe in him. Their God is not seen in the phenomenal and empirical world so belief in him is an act of faith.

Believers tend to project certain attributes to their God and want to actualize those attributes in their lives.  For example, Christians attribute love and forgiveness to their God and try to live a loving and forgiving life. Many Christians believe that if they do not love and forgive people that their God would punish them. They attribute the quality of caring to their God. They believe that their God asks them to care for other people hence they care for other people.

President Jimmy Carter is a staunch Christian; he is out there, through Habitat for humanity, building houses for poor people. He points out that water from Nigerian streams has all kinds of germs in it and folks drink them and become sick and develop all kinds of medical disorders. He solicits funds to help provide Nigerians with germs free waters. He does all these prosocial and admirable things because of his faith in a God that he believes told him to go care for the needy.

In the meantime, atheistic Nigerians do not lift a finger to do something about the poverty around them; they do not build houses for their poor or do something about the germs infested waters that Nigerians drink and die from assorted diseases. The life span of the average Nigerian is under fifty years.

Many Nigerians dismiss the idea of God that tells them to be their brothers' keepers; they are cynical unbelievers and go to government to steal to their hearts content. Having stolen the people's money they have no moral qualm, no desire to help their people.

Nigerians are not different from animals that exist but do not care how their fellow Nigerians live. It is religion that makes folks like Jimmy Carter to devote their lives to serving poor Nigerians whereas amoral, ex-Nigerian heads of state who amassed billions of dollars while in office could care less as their countrymen drop dead from starvation.  Given this difference in behavior outcome, what religion does for true believers in God, one asks: is atheism all that good? Would you like to live like thieving, amoral Nigerians that do not care for one another while professing their atheism or like President Jimmy Carter who professes belief in God and does what that God told him to do, serve people's needs?

From folks beliefs we see their works; those who believe in an amoral universe necessarily live like amoral and predatory animals and do not care for other people; those who believe in love care for other people. Belief in love cannot be justified from observing the phenomenal universe alone; in fact, if you observe the empirical world what seems correct behavior is to kill and take from other people, for that are what in the wilds predatory animals do.

In the wild life seem dog eats dog; animals seem in competition and the fittest survive and the weakest die off. Charles Darwin (Origin of Species) and Herbert Spenser (Ethics) seem correct in their perception that in nature the powerful stick it to the powerless and that is the way of nature, so one should not regret it but instead should join in oppressing the weak. As they see it, evolution is better off if the weak died out; why keep them alive, support them if they cannot support themselves?

Social Darwinism, as obtains in contemporary Nigeria, seem realistic to Nigerians atheistic religion. Even though Nigerians call themselves religionists they are really atheists, after all only a few years ago they were capturing and selling their people to Arabs and white men and today their leaders steal all their monies and do not care for their peoples welfare. Nigerians are, by every indication, a godless people, certainly they are not a loving and caring people; Nigerians are predatory and amoral animals (Christianity has not been long in their amoral world to make them care for one another).

Love and caring for other people can only be predicated on what pure reason would call sentimental grounds and the unproved hypothesis of a God that bids people to love one another.

Nigerian atheists do nothing to help their fellow suffering Nigerians and only hang around waiting for somebody to argue with and prove to their self-righteous minds that they are correct and that whoever believes in God is foolish.  They win their arguments and gratify their grandiose egos need to be right and in the meantime behave as anti-social personalities who exist to steal from their people.

Paranoid atheists, such as Adolf Hitler, are engaged in a metaphorical fight with God; they want to win, defeat God and replace him; they want to become the creator of reality; they want to become the most powerful egos in the world.

The paranoid person has desire to be the most powerful person on earth; metaphysically, he is the son of God who wants to kill his father, usurp his creatorship throne and replace him; he wants to sit on God's throne and become the creator of the world; he wants his shoddy ideas on reality to replace reality.

I deliberately used religious metaphors in the above paragraphs. I could cast what I said therein in strictly secular language. The idea of son of God can be replaced with the idea of part of the whole and the idea of God can be replaced with the idea of the whole.  God, that is, the whole is in charge of the whole world but the part of the whole, the son of God resents been determined by the whole and wants to replace the whole, replace God and become the whole, become God.

Clearly, the part cannot become the whole so the part's drive to become the whole is deluded.  The atheist who wants his ideas on the nature of reality to replace reality itself is self-deceived and engaged in magical thinking!

This does not mean that the theist is correct in his beliefs. Objectively speaking, we do not know whether there is God or not or whether there is life after death or not. I certainly do not know for sure that there is anything beyond material phenomena.

Nevertheless, something in me wonders how I know for sure that this world is all there is to our existence?  Consider that when we sleep we dream and see a world that looks like our day world. How do I know that our day world is not a dream in another person's mind, in my real mind? By my real self I mean a different me apart from my fleshy self?

How do I know that our world is not a kind of matrix designed by other conscious beings; how do I know that we are not projected out beings by other beings?

The British astrophysicist, John Gribben, a prolific writer, suggests that there may be a mind that projected out our world! The level of precision in the calibration of the universe defies cavalier belief that mere accidents determined everything. Accidents determined the information in the DNA that codes everything in our bodies? How long would it take accident to get a monkey to sit by a computer keyboard and randomly pound out Shakespeare's writings...trillions of years but our universe has been around for only 13.7 billion years!

The idea of solipsism has philosophically not been dismantled. Bishop George Berkeley posited that this world could be in the mind of another being and folks scoffed at him. When Boswell told Dr. Johnson what the Irish Bishop said he hit his foot on a rock and felt pain and said that that is the answer for the Irish bishop. He thought that he had proved the reality of matter, his body and destroyed the notion of spirit. He forgot that in our dreams at night we also strike our feet on rocks and feel pain so does that make our dream bodies real?

Hinduism actually believes that our empirical world is in our minds. By our minds it means the mind of our real self, a self-deemed God, Brahman/Atman. Brahman (our real self) sleeps and dreams our world, Hinduism teaches; Hinduism wants us to awaken from the dream of self-forgetfulness and realize that we are Brahman, God.

Consider our thinking. Our brains think through electrons. Electrons are light with negligible mass, so, properly put, we think with light, photons.

When one is thinking what is happening in one's brain is the dance of electrons (light).  Now, if electrons think in our brains how are we certain that they do not think outside our brains?

Have you seen the precision of workings of particles inside the atom: electrons, protons and neutrons; how do you know that a mind did not program this precise behavior?

Matter is made of atoms and all atoms are made of electrons circling nuclei that have protons and neutrons. We know that protons and neutrons are composed of quarks and that quarks were made from photons during the Big Bang.  We also know that electrons were made from photons.

We can reduce all matter to atoms and reduce all atoms to electrons, protons and neutrons and reduce those particles to photons. That is what they do at CERN; there, in speed approaching the speed of light, 186, 000 miles per second, they smash subatomic particles on each other and shatter them to see what they are composed of; they are composed of many intermediary particles, leptons and bosons, but those, ultimately, were made from photons.

Matter and energy were made from photons. Photons are particles of light. Thus, everything in the universe is made from light.

Everything in the universe is made from the original light that came out of nowhere during the Big Bang, 13.7 billion years ago, got inordinately hot and exploded and gave rise to our matter based  universe.  This is not mere speculation for today with sufficient heat we can reduce everything in the universe: stars, galaxies, and planets, human bodies back to atoms, particles and light.

The universe is made of light in a disguised form; everything in your body is light in a disguised form (so it is with animals, trees, our planet, stars, everything).

If everything is made of light and light in our brains think how do we know that light outside our brains does do not also think?

Since the entire universe is ultimately composed of light and light thinks in our brains how do we know that the light based universe is not a thinking universe?

It may well be that the physical universe is one giant thinking machine (a sort of intelligent networked computer in which every part talks to every part of it).

Since the universe has existed for nearly 14 billion years and presumably has in all that time been thinking, and since the universe is supposed to last trillions of years into the future and in all those trillions of years would be thinking, what makes you believe that we do not think after we physically die?

If thinking is life and the universe is always thinking we as part of the universe is always thinking and is alive in the past, present and the future; therefore, it is supercilious to say that there is no life after we die!

In 1965, Robert Wilson and Arno Penzias, at Bell Laboratory in New Jersey, USA, picked up what is now called the cosmic microwave background radiation; those are cold photons.  That means that photons produced by the Big Bang are still all around us.

Turn on your television and tune in between two stations and you see a wavy movement on the TV screen. That wavy stuff is made by photons and they are photons from the Big Bang, photons that have been in existence for 13.7 billion years.

Photons of light have been around for billions of years. Since the universe will last more trillions of years those photons of light will last more trillions of years.

We know that our universe will last for more trillions of years before the galaxies, stars, planets and everything is decomposed to atoms and atoms decay to particles of electrons, neutrons and protons. Electrons will decay to photons; neutrons will decay to protons and electrons; protons will be the last to decay to quarks and finally to photons.

When our physical universe dies, since it is made of photons, it merely returns to photons; it returns to cold photons.

The much anticipated Big Chill (hot the hitherto Big Crunch) end of the universe, a universe with nothing in it but cold radiation means a universe with only cold photons.

Photons, light will still exist in the dead universe!

Our current universe is hot; the opposite of hot is cold. Religionists tell us that heaven is cool light; that heaven is one stream of cool light that begins nowhere and ends nowhere; they tell us that each of us is a photon, unit, in that wave of light (quantum physics teaches us that particle and wave of light are one; in effect, the unit of God and God are one).  That light, they tell us, is not the physical light we currently know but spiritual light. What that spiritual light is like I do not know but have no basis to dismiss it as mere religious fantasy.

Those who claim to be enlightened, such as Jesus Christ, Ramana  Maharshi and Ramakrishna, Bahaullah etc. tell us that they have seen their bodies and egos dissolve and they experienced themselves as units in a cool and blissful continuous wave of light that they say is nameless but can be called God. In that light, aka God there is no you and I, no seer and seen, no subject and object; all share one self and one mind; all have a sense of eternity, permanency and changelessness.

Since I have not experienced enlightenment I cannot testify to its veracity; nor am I motivated to believe in it; by nature I can only accept what I experienced; therefore, I see what supposedly illuminated persons, such as Gautama Buddha, claimed to have experienced as heuristic.

What I have established to my satisfaction is that photons are what think in our brains. If photons last forever it means that thinking lasts forever. The universe is a thinking universe.

It is probably the universe's ability to think that our ancestors called the spiritual universe. We do not have to call anything spirit or God but can demonstrate that everything is made of light and that light thinks and show that there is always thinking in the universe. This level of understanding is sufficient for my agnostic mind.

The agnostic accepts only demonstrable facts but leaves his mind open for future facts to penetrate his mind; he does not close his mind to future facts.

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Ozodi Osuji Ph.D

Ozodi Thomas Osuji is from Imo State, Nigeria. He obtained his PhD from UCLA. He taught at a couple of Universities and decided to go back to school and study psychology. Thereafter, he worked in the mental health field and was the Executive Director of two mental health agencies. He subsequently left the mental health environment with the goal of being less influenced by others perspectives, so as to be able to think for himself and synthesize Western, Asian and African perspectives on phenomena. Dr Osuji’s goal is to provide us with a unique perspective, one that is not strictly Western or African but a synthesis of both. Dr Osuji teaches, writes and consults on leadership, management, politics, psychology and religions. Dr Osuji is married and has three children; he lives at Anchorage, Alaska, USA.

He can be reached at: (907) 310-8176