Re: How Atheism Helped Me.
Wed, 4 Dec 1996 16:26:09 -0800 (PST)

On Tue, 26 Nov 1996, Chris Hind wrote:

> >I noticed that same thing, being raised a Catholic and all... I suppose
> >that transhumanism is a way for me to reconcile my intellectual need for
> >reason, to the hope for becoming greater than oneself, transcending,
> >becoming one with the ALL, that has been taught as Catholic Dogma and
> >demanded as faith in spite of the past 2000 years of showing little
> >improvement in situation of mans inhumanity to man. That following the
> >Golden Rule and keeping an open, inquisitive mind one day at a time, one
> >person at a time will boot strap us all to a better tomorrow.
> When I was a little kid, my parents used to tell me about satan and demons
> and such and how I had to pray to keep them away. When I was younger my
> parents were religious zealots although they've lightened up in their old
> age. (ie. When I was born, they had never heard of colic and they were
> afraid I'd die so they baptized me at home!! hahaha! And this is in Los
> Angeles, CA people!!) I have slight Tourettes (noone even notices it) as
> well as my younger brother who has it quite worse than I but a side effect
> of this seems to be a highly active imagination so when I had Tourette
> panic attacks when I was a kid it was due alot of times to their telling me
> of demons and satan and when I finally fought back the religious crap I
> realized a greater sense of reality as opposed to the more imaginary
> metaphysical religious world I viewed previously and had far fewer panic
> attacks. I also think it was due to puberty setting on that my Tourettes
> faded but I also think atheism played an integral part. Could it be very
> tramatic and damaging for some kids to be exposed to religion?