the Dao of Atheism :jeffers' petroglyph, pre-dakota, minnesota : the Shaman Atheist 40/81


Returning is the natural movement of nature.
Letting go is nature's predominant quality.
Even though all being comes from something,
something itself comes from nothing.
To every shaman
comes a crisis
of death.
Shamans die
to this world
to social convention
to normal understanding.

To every atheist
come a host of gods.
To the shaman atheist
every god must die.
Not only the gods
of other worlds
but the gods of social convention, too.

To every god
comes a death
they cannot survive.
Their death cannot be given or forced.

Gods take many forms ... myths, morality, security, science, bible, money, sex, church, drugs ... addictions and desires of all kinds.
The shaman atheist knows the gods
knows the metaphors and the deaths and the idols and the falseness intimately.
But no atheist, shaman or otherwise, knows a real god.
Knowing all the gods, the atheist must take care not to fall into the worship of any god.

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