Alone and Alienated

Sometimes I feel as if I’m standing alone in a vacant lot at the end of a large, empty tract of undeveloped land. I can see the water vapor in the mist rising as the sun starts to warm the air and the early morning fog begins to burn off.

Why do I feel alone and alienated, you ask? Perhaps it’s a feeling of fragility because, in today’s America, my denial of the myth of God puts me in a rather precarious position. Our nation is being pushed more and more by the Christian conservative movement toward becoming a theocracy rather than a multicultural, secular democracy.

I hope I’m wrong but I fear I’m not.


Written for these daily prompts: My Vivid Blog (vacant lot), Your Daily Word Prompt (tract), Ragtag Daily Prompt (vapor) E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (fragility), The Daily Spur (denial), Word of the Day Challenge (myth), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (precarious). Photo credit: BETRulleR@wallpaperup.com.

9 thoughts on “Alone and Alienated

  1. blindzanygirl August 9, 2022 / 4:05 pm

    What you are describing is very sad Fandango. I find these types so aggressive in their belief systems. I hope it doesn’t turn out the way you think it will.

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  2. Marleen August 9, 2022 / 5:35 pm

    In my opinion, there’s a bit of a paradox. I don’t think acknowledging deity is the problem pushing to obliterate our pluralistic society (although so-called evangelicalism, along with some other politically Christian conservative folk, largely is). Most (or all) indigenous people have some sort of belief in a god or a spiritual world or intelligent design, but we are destroying a human-friendly planet (the problem not being population but planning badly to use things up like eating a last apple without at least saving the seeds for more) in which they can live — as we nearly obliterated the buffalo here, we are tearing or burning down habitat forests everywhere, polluting all the water of people who don’t live the way we do, and inching our way to destruction of our family lines or those of our friends as well. Meanwhile, our soldiers’ health was ruined as we polluted the air (a more immediate connection) of Iraq and Afghanistan. Christianity, while some spiritual remnants well persist if sought after, is a political concoction — has been since Constantine and somewhat before (Origen, Eusebius, et al.) such that being Christian (for the most part) is essentially buying into authoritarian government (that’s what Eusebius and Constantine wanted… for themselves).

    Not all Christian’s have delved into the history. Considerate people who become aware of the ruse of authoritarians (not synonymous with people of religion or especially faith) have always had to fight back or speak out (on behalf of others or their own); authoritarianism shows up anywhere and in any context. It’s why we can’t have a libertarian government (although there are “libertarians” who want us to be libertarian or unregulated so they can take over and there are followers who don’t think it through). It, too, is why communes don’t work out (at least usually). At the same time, proto-Christians (to speak anachronistically) were considered atheists, because they didn’t select from among the established, recognized, approved religions (with hierarchical showings) of the Roman Empire (which accepted and propped up the Herodians) to join. The proto-Christians weren’t really proto-Christian; they were something else. It was fragile.

    It is my view that to the extent someone chooses not be authoritarian, they are moving away from being so-called Christian and toward atheism in Rome’s sense, in Rome’s ignorance. But many Christians think they can be a different kind of authoritarian, call it by another name. I know that the world goes on after I die as it goes on now. I don’t believe the world is my own hologram or dream. That being so, those who are driven to dominate (not do well for doing well but to overpower others as a way of life) whether amongst molecules or humans, will go on at it. I hold on to the non-authoritarian impetus in life. I see that as putting me in a realm of few.

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  3. shail August 10, 2022 / 10:02 am

    This unfortunately seems to be the trend where I am from too.

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