It’s the Enemy Voice in our heads: you’re stupid. You’re crazy. You’re weak. You’re sinful. You’re damaged.
You’re wrong. About everything.
That voice is the Enemy. It is the soul-killer.
We inherit it from parents and teachers and classmates, from religious leaders. We internalize it, make it our own, until it almost seems it is there to help us.
To protect us from harm.
And so we start to listen to it.
Stop stop stop stop stop.
That voice is a LIAR.
That voice is malicious and it is not on your side.
HERE IS THE TRUTH: You are luminous and beautiful and creative and full of stars.
That is reality. That is the fact of this world.
I sat down to write this piece about doubt. About how doubt is a useful thing for us.
Because doubt, combined with critical thinking, is the best way to figure out what is most likely to be true. Ye Olde Razore of William of Ockham, right?
But somehow what came out as I started to type was about self-doubt. And that is entirely a different thing.
We must ask ourselves hard questions now and again, just to keep ourselves honest. We must ask ourselves about our conclusions, our beliefs, our philosophies.
But we must separate that process from the vicious, vindictive, cruel voice whose only purpose is to make us small and afraid and self-questioning.
Go forth, Atheopagans. Love yourselves. Ask hard questions, and answer them.
But remember always: you are, each one of you, a unique miracle of the Universe’s manifestation.
Never doubt it, and never let anyone tell you otherwise.