“The difference between theism and non-theism is not whether one does or does not believe in God. It is an issue that applies to everyone, including both Buddhists and non-Buddhists. Theism is a deep-seated conviction that there’s some hand to hold: if we just do the right things, someone will appreciate us and take care of us. It means thinking there’s always going to be a babysitter available when we need one. We all are inclined to abdicate our responsibilities and delegate our authority to something outside ourselves. Non-theism is relaxing with the ambiguity and uncertainty of the present moment without reaching for anything to protect ourselves….Non-theism is finally realizing that there’s no babysitter that you can count on“
I read this over at The Silent K, a blog I have been reading for quite some time now and this has remained on my mind for a couple of days now. The idea of believing or not believing in god, did not really capture my attention for long, however the idea of someone being there to hold our hands, and if we do things right, someone being there to appreciate, that is what is keeping me thinking all along.
I think, subconsciously, I do believe that our good deeds are not going to go unnoticed, more importantly our bad deeds will definitely come back to haunt us, you can name it karma, or even theism that there is someone up there watching us, but I think its almost deep routed in me to believe there is someone to hold on to.
Leaving godly or super-human concept aside, I would still like to believe in a baby sitter, you know someone out there a friend, a relative, or even a stranger who is gonna take care of doing good things, guiding us. Just the idea of such a hand to hold on to, can be very comforting.
You may ask, isn’t that a false comfort?, may be it is, but look at the positive effects it brings in us, it keeps the hopes alive, even in hopeless situations, when you don’t see a way out, it keeps you interested with a possibility which is beyond your imagination, in a way boosting your morale, and making you take that extra stretch towards the task.
Non-theism to me appears to me, is for people who can see the brighter side of things, if they don’t, I think non-theism can be disastrous. In a way it works out well, because instead of depending on an uncertain super being, people tend to work harder, and without slack, because they got to do everything. However I feel, this can be a little disheartening when things are not going great for a person, may be there are higher chances that the person might give up hope. This is one of the main reasons I feel Non-theism is for strong people.
Coming back to the idea of a babysitter, are there people who really would not want the comfort of having one?, I doubt if there would be people who would not want such a comfort, however believing in existence/non-existence I think we will find people on both the sides of the wall.