Aral by any other name
On rejecting the term “atheist”

I reject the term “atheist”.

Why should I define myself as the opposite of an institution as ridiculous, harmful, and primitive as religion (and its new-age euphemism, spirituality)? Should I simply, because a large group of people choose to identify with it and thus, through strength of numbers alone, lend it a grotesque legitimacy in the public sphere, even in this late day and age?

No.

We call ourselves Human. Not Abacterial. Even though bacteria are infinitely more populous than us and we would like to distinguish ourselves from them.

So, instead, I call myself rational. And those who wish to distinguish themselves from me are welcome to call themselves irrational.

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    Truth.
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