This made me think about the fact that most people do not "always" stay focused on God. So a believer would much of the time, find solace the same as an Atheist. A warm embrace, little puppies, the smile of a child, reassurance from a loved one. Trying one's best. Knowing that tomorrow is a new day. Plants they grew and plants they find beautiful and interesting. Even certain foods. A good night's rest. A positive attitude.
Well why not? If one is a believer they can also see God in all the wonders of the world. I can't imagine that an Atheist would not find wonderment and solace. But there is no solace like the one found in belief.
A sunrise, kisses, sand on a beach, softly falling snow, owls in the moonlight, friendship, laughter, campfires, clean sheets, body warmth, going home, poetry, contemplating cosmic possibilities, a well placed adjective, pianos, discovery, mystery, that girl across the room...
Of course, that is just a few of the things for which I have words.
What sort of solace do you mean? Why does a person need solace? Do they need it all the time or only at particular times, for instance, the death of a loved one? Or are you talking about general living?
People do not necessarily need solace or comfort from outside every day, unless they are depressed. Solace is seen as sanctuary, help, comfort and protection from woes. Does anyone need solace every day?
If your heart is at peace and content of what favor and unfavorable things happen is what we mean of Solace. It is not needed from outside rather it's an inner urge. It is as comprehensive and encompassing as our demands and necessities are.
I can't speak for all atheists, but for me it's storytelling. Whether that comes in the form of a book, movie, television show, or even a video game. Wrapping oneself in a story provides perspective, camaraderie, and a deeper understanding of the human experience. It does this while also illustrating our endless creativity and honesty.
Thanks Dremer. It means your heart has been synchronized with a few things of the outside world. What do you think of the agency that acts between your heart and the outside stuff, and why it's ultimately resulting in pleasure?
Stories are vessels of communication and understanding. We enjoy them because they prompt us to think and take us places we can't physically go. It is simultaneously escapism and fitness for the brain.
It depends on what type of solace the person needs. When I had PTSD from my experiences in the cult, (which destroyed my faith in God in the process), I found comfort in reading about people who had been through far worse, to see how they handled it. That's when I started reading about Elie Wiesel, who was originally planning to become a rabbi, until his faith in God was destroyed at the first sight of Auschwitz. He, and a lot of Holocaust survivors, deal with the aftermath by speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves and performing humanitarian services, to give their lives meaning. I am trying to do the same, by writing and promoting my facts-of-life books for teens. I do so in the hope they won't make the same mistakes I made (that's another topic).
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