David Brooks' column on secularism of Feb. 8 complicates atheism.
Atheism is an enlightenment, not a choice. Losing the belief in all man-created creatures becomes evident as we mature and become educated. Religions keep the belief going with a promise of afterlife's reward or punishment.
The column suggests atheists burden themselves when it comes to building their own sabbath, moral motivation, moral philosophy and spirituality, and are generally autonomous.
As an atheist, I don't need nor seek a sabbath, spiritual guidance or moral motivation. My reasoning, responsibility, morality, motivation and choices are mine alone. I don't seek nor need congregational approval.
I don't have to build my own moral philosophies. My life experiences guide me, and I treat others as I would like to be treated and have respect and compassion for others. Spiritual needs are for the spiritually needy.
I was raised Catholic, went to Catholic schools and simply came to the reality that belief in a deity or reward or punishment after death defies all reason and intellect.
Teach your children respect, compassion and tolerance and that these are not restricted to religious teachings alone.
Atheism is simple. You're born, live and die.
What experiences you have and what you do with that time is important because there are no dress rehearsals or do-overs after you die.
Enjoy life and never let your religious beliefs interfere with your choice to do the right thing.
Sun City Hilton Head