“I don’t get it.” A comment I’ve seen and heard several times in relation to Atheopaganism: “I just don’t get what you’re doing, or why you’re doing it. Why would you do rituals if there is no magic and there are no gods?” (or, “what’s up with these rituals and holidays? Why do you do that?”)
Well, let me explain…
For joy. For wonder. For wisdom. For depth. For laughter. For self-discovery. For connection. For friendship. For solace. For clarity.
For calm. For delight.
For forbearance. For kindness. For fun. For sharing. For passion. For flight. For belonging. For discovery. For pleasure. For creativity. For curiosity. For community.
For surprise. For remembrance.
For, frankly, pretty much all the reasons that people follow any religious path (save promises of an afterlife or magical powers).
All the above are deeply human motivations. We all have them, whether or not we believe in gods.
We are Atheopagans because it adds depth and meaning to our lives.
It feels good. It feels right.