Once, I witnessed an extraordinary display of stupidity, below sea level.
I was having my usual lunch with friends and you know lunch is a sacred time for anyone. A lot of wars have been fought because of interrupted lunch. You can piss me off anytime of the day but not during lunch, because I will fucking high five you, in the face, with a chair, if you do.
So there I was, enjoying my chicken, when a friend uttered, “uy diba follower naman kayo ni satan dahil agnostic ka?”
I gave him the level A -if-looks-could-kill- look. Maybe he has joking, I thought. Isn’t it obvious that when you doubt the existence of a supreme being, you doubt the existence of other characters too, like Batman and Joker?
He wasn’t joking.
So I suspended him as a friend, pending investigation.
I should by now make a disclaimer that I’m not a bad person, I think my morality is stronger than ever (although it’s naturally more liberal than before). It’s frustrating though that I have to make this disclaimer every time I talk about my beliefs in public. It’s as frustrating as watching Kris Aquino talk about her sexlife, now you get it?
Second disclaimer is that atheism, agnosticism, pantheism and other forms out there are different from each other and no, I’m not gonna tell you. Go, google it.
I’m an agnostic. I’m not religious (nor spiritual as some hipsters like to label themselves). I stopped going to church, praying, and basically stop doing all things “religious”, except maybe Christmas which I think is cool.
The common misconception with agnosticism is that they have little or no morality at all. To this I say a couple of things:
1. Morality is a human invention. The belief that you must do good should stem from the knowledge that the value of a human being is inherent and not from some dude in the sky.
2. Morality continues to exist because it makes sense. Different cultures have fairly varied moral standards but at it’s core, it’s pretty much the same. For instance, violence and murder are frowned upon. Consider for a moment why this is true: Is it because they found ancient scrolls? Or is it because it makes sense not to punch someone because he can punch you back? I don’t kill you because killing would create lots of problems for me (jailtime, retribution etc.).
3. Religion has no monopoly over morality. If the only thing that makes you NOT do evil is some piece of ancient paper and a threat of hellish retribution then that’s scary. To think that the only thing that separates Dr. Banner and Hulk is a sheet of paper and a futuristic threat of perpetual torture.
4. Hitler was a Christian, GMA was supported by CBCP during her reign, Janet Napoles was a Black Nazarene devotee. Need I say more?
Moreover, it was found out in a research that people with no religious affiliations are more likely to give out of genuine feeling of charity than religious people. Google it, bro.
So the simple answer is yes. Agnostics are as moral as your average church goer. Sometimes, even more moral but that’s me being biased.
Why I don’t preach
I don’t preach for the simple reason that I think everyone has the right to espouse their own beliefs. You can believe in the Invisible Pink Unicorn or Flying Spaghetti Monster or that Raymart and Claudine can be together again, I don’t give a shit. Whatever makes you sleep at night.
Let me just say though that while the right to belief is absolute, the right to practice that belief is not, especially when you practice that belief and sabotage the RH Law. Can’t move on pa din sa RH Law?
I don’t preach because when you doubt, it becomes a personal journey of understanding. Unlike most religious, we do not claim monopoly over ultimate truths. So you won’t see me preaching nor convincing anyone to change religion or beliefs.
The important thing to remember is that whether or not a supreme being exist, a person must live his life in a moral way.
Besides. it takes certain level of intelligence to be an agnostic. But that’s another discussion in itself.