[quote="flightlessbirds"]Atheist and agreed with those above who are fighting against the notion that atheism offers no comfort. Believing in god, or being 'spiritual' has nothing to do with seeing beauty and being in awe of the world around you. I don't see a godless universe as cold or soul-less. In fact it is all the more fascinating as something that simply exists and evolves based of a set of laws (some of which we understand, some of which we don't yet) into something amazingly complex.
It seems to me that atheists have replaced "faith in a higher power" as a comfort and help to them in enduring torment, with "faith in their fellow human beings" so other people would be seen as that comfort.
This is all very well if you have people around you that you feel comfortable with trusting and relying on.
Not everyone is in that situation.
If isolation is an issue in someone's life then surely it is better for them to obtain comfort and support from a higher power than to renounce that if there is no comfort available from their fellow humans.
Not everyone has the necessary social skills , 100% mental health level, confidence, etc. to be able to sustain friendships and relationships that might be sources of comfort.
Also even if there are supportive people around to help there is always a danger of burning them out.
Surely better to lean on higher power / god than to risk being too needy with your fellow humans and hence run the risk of alienating them altogether.
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"I don't have a drinking problem except when I can't get a drink"
"No, the moon ain't romantic, it's intimidating as hell
And some guy's trying to sell me a watch"
-- Tom Waits Bad Liver and a Broken Heart