On being a Kafir. Proudly.
Provocative title; superb concise statement.
I am a kafir. What the word originally refers to is non-believers, and I am very definitely that. I am an atheist.
I don’t believe in the supernatural – so I don’t talk about how AIDS is due to someone cursing you, or how all your sicknesses can be cured by something I dreamed up. I hold that a cure must be shown to work to merit that word being applied to it. If I am wrong I am prepared to revise my opinion as more evidence comes in.
I am a proud kafir. I don’t invoke some higher power to give me success, I recognise that the only thing that can do that is my own work. If I have a problem I strive to solve it myself. This is important, people pray for peace in South Africa, praying won’t bring us peace. What will bring us peace is our willingness to have it. At the moment, that willingness is not obvious.
I am a proud kafir. I don’t believe in anything giving me any particular authority. I do not invoke the backing of an all knowing being for my opinions, and try to use that to make my opinions law. If you agree with me it is because I presented an argument you agree with on its merits, not because of some threat of hell.
If I don’t know, I don’t claim to have the answer in some God that likes me, and then defy you to prove me wrong. If I don’t know, I say I don’t know.
I take no satisfaction in the idea of people who I disagree with being tortured for all eternity. I do not hope for the end of the world or the punishment of my enemies while I gain heaven simply for holding a given opinion.
I do not support the powerful simply because they are powerful. A god which would have a hell at all is automatically not worth worshipping. Further I do not use logic which could be twisted into being a defence of Robert Mugabe – after all non-Zanu-PF supporters had enough “free will” to not support the ruling party. Their torture after all, was a consequence of using that free will.
You see this river of I all through this post, this is because I cannot speak for all kafirs. Not all are proud, not all are sceptical of supernatural claims. I am a proud kaffir because I speak for myself, not someone else.