Of Mallrats and Atheists: “Is That It?”

Mallratby Tim Jones1/31/15
Rejection of materialism by many atheists leads only to a different kind of materialism. Not the kind like a mallrat who obsessively prowls their walkways going from store to store always in search for the next ‘high’ they get from the next buy.

The atheist who claims to reject materialism is actually rejecting the transcendental and therefore lives purely in the realm of the material world – and the realm of the materialism of self-worship that comes with it.

This may be the most insidious form of narcissism of all since they are living a lie with the smug self-satisfaction that they are creating a better world by living the illusion of creating a better self.

I came across three stories recently that caught my attention and highlight the differences between two self-centered atheists and a former atheist, all of them appropriately from the self-centered and shallow world of entertainment.

The first one was on Corbin Bernsen. He has a movie coming out called Christian Mingle: The Movie about a woman who comes to realize how shallow her life is as a self-centered careerist. From the plot summary: “In an honest realization, she sees her superficial life for what it really is, and is driven to create a personal relationship with God.”

What made Bernsen decide to make the movie and to become more spiritual and to embark on a faith-journey, he explains: “… I am sitting with this bag of ashes and I’m just thinking, you know, I think I’m 55, or at this point 54, and I’m thinking, ‘Here’s my dad’s ashes. Is that it?’” Clearly he’s trying to find a deeper explanation for the transience of our lives and what happens when they end.

He’s come to believe there is a God and that there must be more to ‘life’ than our brief time on earth. “Bernsen described a wake-up call of sorts that he experienced a few years back after his father passed away — one that started him on a path toward refining his faith and more deeply questioning what’s beyond this life.”

The second story was about the stunningly arrogant Julianne Moore, who stated recently in a media interview that she doesn’t believe in God because she’s basically the one who created her own life: “Moore disclosed she does not believe in God and finds she is her own creator when it comes to dictating structure for her life.”

And the third story talked about the rumors and likelihood that former Olympic champion and ex-husband to Kris Kardashian Jenner, Bruce Jenner, is making the change from being a male to a female.

The stories of of Moore and Jenner are the logical conclusions of Enlightenment philosophy that began hundreds of years ago. They represent the end-point of the transition from an external moral authority where the world looked to an omniscient and omnipotent God who is the creator of the universe to the internal moral authority of the self that is today’s secular world. With Moore, she’s made her intellectual declaration that she is her own god being the creator of her own life while Jenner has determined he is his own god of his physical self by deciding he’d rather be a woman than a man.

So in the end atheism is not so much a rejection of God but rather embracing the love of the self and its ability to create its own world, its own being and its own moral authority. And for the atheists that claim some kind of personal holier-than-thou spirituality that arises out of a rejection of the material world, they really are deluded because all they have left is themselves – a material entity in a material world with an undetermined material end.

At least the mallrat is honest in seeking his pseudo-salvation in the accumulation of perishable things rather than the self-serving, self-centered atheist’s accumulation and display of pseudo-spirituality that is just as materialistic and perishable with no redeeming eternal value once they are gone from this world. • (1023 views)

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8 Responses to Of Mallrats and Atheists: “Is That It?”

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    Anyone who rejects the material world and the transcendent world basically has nothing left. That ultimately is a form of nihilism, so it wouldn’t be surprising if the adherents are a pathetic bunch. As I recall, the Cathars (also variously known as the Bogomils and Albigensians) rejected the material world, but that was because it was an impure reflection of God (which admittedly is true, at least for believers in such a God). I suspect that even they tended to at least an element of nihilism, though the concept wasn’t known at the time.

  2. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    I have long thought that the Left is full of miserable people who have huge holes in their souls which they are constantly trying to fill. In Moore’s case, there appears to be an even larger hole in her brain.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      I think there’s a great deal of truth to this. Most leftists hate the society they came from, and this probably indicates a great deal of self-loathing. The point of being a troll (and this is what Michael Moore does, for example) is to provoke those you hate to hate you to justify your own hate of them. It’s no surprise there are so many liberal trolls.

  3. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Bruce, say it ain’t so.

    Sometimes I think the only point of Progressivism is to take the sting out of the words freak, flake, and weirdo.

  4. Rosalys says:

    “…they are living a lie with the smug self-satisfaction that they are creating a better world by living the illusion of creating a better self.”

    What a picture of delusion and insanity that is! As for Julianne Moore she is so arrogant that it seems she doesn’t even acknowledge the part her parents played in creating her. She has fallen for that original lie in the Garden of Eden “… and you swill be like God…”

    “So in the end atheism is not so much a rejection of God but rather embracing the love of the self and its ability to create its own world…”

    I will disagree a little bit here because although the mall rat, who is probably going about life not knowing any better, the died in the wool atheist is very much rejecting the God of the Bible.

  5. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    And for the atheists that claim some kid of personal holier-than-thou spirituality that arises out of a rejection of the material world…

    I’ve never encountered such a person. Does he even exist? Atheists are of the mind that all that exists, or has ever existed, is the material universe.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      I haven’t either, though militant atheists can certainly be very sanctimonious about their rejection of “superstition” (probably while accepting every claim of the Branch Albertian cult, as Michael Shermer does). Remember, these are the people who claimed that skeptics should be known as “brights” (and Shermer defended that as not intending any invidious comparison to the religious). This led me to think a more accurate term would be “arrogants”.

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