Pity and Suffering.

Any atheist, agnostic or unbeliever who has ever met a Christian at some time or another has been on the receiving end of what is known as pity. Is pity harmless? Or is it hostile?

Take a look at what Friedrich Nietzsche has to say on the subject of pity:

Christianity is called the religion of pity.- Pity stands in opposition to all the tonic passions that augment the energy of the feeling of aliveness: it is a depressant. A man loses power when he pities. Through pity that drain upon strength which suffering works is multiplied a thousandfold. Suffering is made contagious by pity; under certain circumstances it may lead to a total sacrifice of life and living energy–a loss out of all proportion to the magnitude of the cause. This is the first view of it; there is, however, a still more important one. If one measures the effects of pity by the gravity of the reactions it sets up, its character as a menace to life appears in a much clearer light. Pity thwarts the whole law of evolution, which is the law of natural selection. It preserves whatever is ripe for destruction; it fights on the side of those disinherited and condemned by life; by maintaining life in so many of the botched of all kinds, it gives life itself a gloomy and dubious aspect. Mankind has ventured to call pity a virtue (–in every superior moral system it appears as a weakness–); going still further, it has been called the virtue, the source and foundation of all other virtues–but let us always bear in mind that this was from the standpoint of a philosophy that was nihilistic, and upon whose shield the denial of life was inscribed. Schopenhauer was right in this: that by means of pity life is denied, and made worthy of denial–pity is the technic of nihilism. Let me repeat: this depressing and contagious instinct stands against all those instincts which work for the preservation and enhancement of life: in the role of protector of the miserable, it is a prime agent in the promotion of decadence- pity persuades to extinction….

I take it Nietzsche doesn`t like the idea of pity. Didn`t the Ancient Greeks think that pity was an evil because it was a weakness? The idea that a man loses power when he pitites is absolutely demonstratable by the fact that Christians resort to “prayer” for us as pity when they are confronted by the apparent embarrasment of not being able to provide historical facts or a suitable rebuff against OUR argument. When a Christian is blocked into a corner he or she will resort to pity: it is a loss of power, as Nietzsche describes it.

Many Christians no doubt feel and think that pity is a virtue but the Greeks divined otherwise; they thought pity was a vice. I keep on saying this but life is not about virtue but about fitness. Whatever springs from strength must be worthy of life and whatever springs from weakness denies it.

Published in: on January 27, 2007 at 4:25 pm  Leave a Comment  

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You are probably wondering why I got arrested that day [see post below]. Apparently the word “immoral” used in reference to Christianity or any faith or religion for that matter is an incitement to hatred. This is madness!! I don`t hate Christianity. I just think it is false, a vestige of the past, a good story, a moral seduction, a myth, etc, etc.
I used an image of a face with a crucifix strapped over the eyes and mouth and this was to show the most peoples beliefs blind them and prevent them from seeing ‘the truth’ [‘the truth’: the historical facts, for example]. One woman who was a Catholic found this to be offensive and told me I will go to hell. I usually just laugh in my head when they say that. If they can`t or will not strike up an intelligent conversation with me about what I am doing and why I am doing it then whatever they say will no doubt be a mark of their own canker conscience.

I keep on telling everybody that in talking and listening to the adherents of our religions we atheists, agnostics, humanists and unbelievers know a lot more about their religion than they actually do. One old woman who had been a Christian all her life was flabbergasted and dumbstruck when I mentioned to her the Gospel of Mary Magdalene and the Gospel of Judas: “Oh I didn`t know there was a Gospel of Mary Magdalene…” and at that point she was actually ushered away by some nearby Christians from the Church of Jesus Christ.

The people from the Church of Jesus Christ know me; they know I am an atheist and they know I have a lot of knowledge and they don`t like me approaching their ‘faithful brethren’. They don`t attack me in anyway but they prefer to go up to the person I am talking with and slowly usher them away with their picturesque leaflet of Jesus holding a lamb..awwww!
They don`t know about my AtheistEmpire however but we shall wait and see. These Christians are called missionaries and from what I can gather they all seem lost; they cling to this Jesus guy who they hope will bring them some relief from their earthly existence and struggle. They also carry off physical stiffness and they lack a sense of humour and personal efficacy.

Published in: on January 19, 2007 at 3:13 pm  Comments (1)  

Attacked by a Christian Trumpet Player

So my day begins tomorrow with getting a few things printed and going out on the streets of Liverpool promoting my atheism….without permission, I should say. And if I see the old bill I will most likely make a run for it. Mind you there are plenty of stall holders without licences and there are plenty of vegetarian and “Stop the War Coalition” people here doing what they do without permission.
I have done this before though; I have deliberately gone out and used my pasting table, gathered some info and some pictures and see what happens. I got attacked by a trumpet player and I had been out there no less than 20 minutes! Liverpool is rife for dangerous Christians – poisonous to the core of their spirit. This trumpet player guy was scruffy, fat and totally lacking in dental hygiene, he was gruff and malignant right through. He shook his fists at me saying “You fucking queer! How dare you insult my religion. You don`t know anything about it. I`ll kill you…fff” He followed me for 10 minutes whilst I ran around with a pasting table.
I managed to get the attention of the police because I thought this trumpet player was intent on actually killing me. He disappeared when he caught site of the old Bill and after much explaining to PC Denton and WPC Harvey I got arrested for breach of the peace and a caution under the “Incitement to Religious Hatred” law/act. You think you Americans have problems with your laws! Ours are just as bad; they are subtle and arbitrary and that probably makes them worse. It is true that an honest man can easily be made into a criminal so I have accepted that at some point I will have to break the law and the best way is to just not get caught.

Published in: on January 19, 2007 at 2:53 pm  Leave a Comment  

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Welcome to The Atheist Empire of Liverpool Blog!

My name is Martyn Blackburn and I have been living in Liverpool for over two years now. In the past my atheism has taken a back seat and I have been pursuing a career in the fitness industry with poor results. Right now my career goals have changed slightly and I`m on the lookout for any type of work. In the meantime I am devoting all my time to promoting atheism in Liverpool.
Liverpool does not have any kind of atheist group or society – none that I know of anyway. I have noticed over the past year a furore of Christian groups popping up like mushrooms and coming out on the streets in a bid to win converts. These groups inlcude missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints and Gospel rock-groups and some megaphone blasting evangelists. English Christianity is quite subtle and seductive [masked by alcoholic excess and pangs of conscience] and for that reason all the more ‘poisonous’ than that of American Christianity [American Christianity is probably more ‘dangerous’].

Before I ‘became’ an atheist I flirted much with Christianity whilst I was in my early teens but I settled for Buddhism and Kashmir Shaivism in my late teens and twenties. Meditation practise was getting me no where and Buddhism made me fickle. I was weak, exhausted, and a total doormat to everyone – no self confidence whatsoever! Then I went to the gym, got fit, gained muscle and gained a more healthier outlook on life. I read the works of Friedrich Nietzsche and his Will To Power which inspired me to keep on being strong and keep on facing life; reality head on and not escape into fantasy and myth. I read Bertrand Russel who is most definately an agnostic/atheist and I liked Russell`s ideas. And that`s it really.

Right now I`m looking to organise some kind of atheist group in Liverpool. I have penned a manifesto which I will give the link to on this very blog. All will become clear there.
Right now I`m looking for people who are interested in supporting me in this role. I dare say it is a huge task and it might be somewhat dangerous but I like the danger element; I like the fife and drum!

Our group should consist of atheists, agnostics, humanists, etc, ect. We don`t accept Christians obviously. We will not be trying to ‘convert’ people – our aim would be to unite and enlighten.

Published in: on January 18, 2007 at 4:47 pm  Comments (4)