Questions for atheists

A poet has the following questions

How do you do it?

I read a book, watch a movie or share with friends

Music doesn’t have to be about gods to be enjoyed. I enjoy music. I like Handel’s Hallelujah chorus.

Where do you turn to?

When things are thick I turn to friends or I sleep and dream them away

What do you hang on to?

I remind myself hope is a bad thing. It keeps going even when things are shitty. But seriously, friends and family are a great companion when things are shitty. Try it someday

What gives you joy?

Time spent with family, friends, in the park, reading a good book gives me immeasurable joy. I wouldn’t ask for more than that.

How do you know it?

Reason is the true guide of man. Use it, you will not require holy books or revelation.

What do you do?

I live, that is all I can do till when I kick the bucket. Why ask is it worth it? To who? It is worthwhile to me or else I wouldn’t do it. And to ask me to be stupid and happy is an insult to our collective intelligence and a disservice to humanity. We make progress by inquiry not by believing old stories.

I hope I have answered you.

About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

17 thoughts on “Questions for atheists

  1. I like your answers. Personally, however, I do everything as The Qur’an instructs me to. To do otherwise and follow my own reason or perhaps, and even worse, the christian god, would be an affront to the reality that is Allah and his book, The Qur’an. Life is so easy this way.


  2. Tish Farrell says:

    There seems to be an inference that atheists are lacking something – as if they haven’t a leg to stand on, as if they deny a sense of spirit, transcending joy and wonder at the world. I’ve always thought self-reliance in the here and now was rather an asset, and much to be cultivated in an increasingly complex human-dominated world..


  3. These series of questions create this weird world where everything is about God. Life is only about religion, and so an atheist life is about nothing.

    It does a disservice to both believers and atheists.


  4. archaeopteryx1 says:

    Speaking of kicking the bucket, and you did, and speaking of the question, “What gives you joy?,” and you did, I watched “The Bucket List” last night, with Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson, and Morgan Freeman told Nicholson of a story he had heard, of a man approaching St. Peter at the gate of heaven, and it seems that Pete asks two questions of your life, the answers to which are your price of admission – “What gives you Joy?” and “Who have you given joy to?”

    Both interesting questions.


  5. I really like the answers you wrote, Mak.


  6. aguywithoutboxers says:

    Very well stated, my Nairobi brother. Most of your responses are the same for all of us, whether believers or not! 🙂


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