Pessimism versus Realism
I'm often called a pessimist, yet I consider myself a realist. I think real pessimists are very negative and depressed most of the time, so I don't consider myself one. I have high hopes for myself, my family, my friends, and humanity.
However, this leads to the point that realism is much closer to pessimism than it is to optimism. And so what if it does? In my opinion, if realism causes negativity, then so be it. People must face the truth, no matter how awful or depressing it may be. Only when people are fully aware of the facts, can people accept reality. As I stated in a previous article about the advantages of negativity, I believe being realistic and thus more negative has advantages. Specifically, negativity highlights opportunities for people to grow and improve their surroundings. Furthermore, only when people are aware of all possibilities, can people accept these possible outcomes and be the most prepared for even the worse case scenario.
This leads me to the reason as to why I am writing this article in the first place. It is often said that atheists are much more negative than religious people. In my opinion, this is because atheists are more realistic than the average person, since atheists typically perceive the world much more logically. However, no one is perfectly logical and reasonable all of the time, so atheism is often not logically presented to the general public. For instance, it is common for some atheists to "attack" or demean religions and people of faith through verbal assaults and emotional outbursts instead of being logical and respectful. On the other hand, religious people are seldom persuaded through logical arguments; otherwise I believe they would not be religious. So, maybe passionate arguments that are logical and respectful are the only way to convince people of faith.
I think I've digressed on a tangent. The point that I am trying to make is that it is perfectly acceptable and healthy for atheists to be realistically pessimistic. Furthermore, some atheists should be more respectful to their audience.
by Phil B.