My New Blog about Happiness, Atheism and Life

June 7, 2008 at 1:40 am 11 comments

Pantheon of Gods - Image by Grizzli (cc)
Image: Pantheon of Gods by Grizzli (cc)

As you may have noticed, I’ve been winding down That’s Ireland in recent weeks. During that time, I have been working on a new blog, which is now online.

MichaelNugent.com will be mostly about two issues that I’m very passionate about:

  • Understanding why and how people are happy, because happiness is the underlying reason that anybody wants anything, and
  • Promoting atheism, because I believe that the idea of gods is bad for society as it makes good people do bad things.

Ironically, my interest in happiness started when I wanted to be a success. I studied what very successful people have in common. Step one: to succeed in anything big, you must start with a passionate desire. So I did an exercise to help ignite that desire. For each aim, I asked ‘why do I want this?’ and for each answer, ‘why do I want that?’ I soon discovered my underlying motivation. Beneath all of the layers of sub-reasons, I wanted anything for exactly the same real reason: because I believed getting it would make me happier. But would it? Many people remain unhappy despite fabulous success. So I shifted my focus from seeking success to the reason I wanted it… happiness.

My interest in atheism is much simpler. I am an atheist because I reject the idea that gods exist, in the same way and for the same reasons that I reject the ideas that that the earth is balanced on the back of a sea turtle, that homeopathy is more useful than a heart transplant, that Rapunzel wove her hair into a ladder or Rumpelstiltskin wove straw into gold, that stepping on a pavement crack will break my mother’s back, that a deposed Nigerian prince wants to email me several million dollars, that Uri Geller can bend spoons with his mind, that I am in danger from vampires or zombies or broken mirrors, or that I am protected by angels or leprechauns or horseshoes.

Anyway, my new blog is at MichaelNugent.com

Please check it out and let me know what you think.

I’d be grateful for any feedback, comments, etc.

Michael

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  • 1. Antaine  |  June 9, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    Dont know about you but that Nigerian Prince sent me a cheque for 14.2 million dollars recently. Only after I sent him my credit card details though… oh no!!

    Happiness is a State of Mind. Everyone decides what makes them happy individually! Theres no magic formula.

    Im not sure of the atheism thing. Define God? We all come from a single energy source so maybe collectively we are all God!

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  • 2. GOM  |  June 16, 2008 at 12:23 am

    Appreciate the theme of atheism but the layout is kind of difficult to get around – and Space Lizards? That’d make me say Jaysus straight away. I am always curious about atheists who believe in trying to organise – Richard Dawkins, in “The God Delusion” suggests it but I think that as soon as atheists organise they become a “religion” and it is not the idea of a God that is bad it is the tribalism/cultism it invokes.
    Many people are agnostic but say they are atheist – I don’t get involved, as a scientist I believe there is equally no way to prove there is or is not a God so rationally you should not care, nor be fearful of a world without a God, nor be in denial that we are currently the most evolved product of nature.
    It is ironic that your last post about posters attracted some of the extremist Catholics from COIR – further examples of why atheism/agnosticism is a way to go – nutbags!

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  • 3. Mark Babineaux  |  July 6, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    When you say bad and good, you are falling for you emotional thoughts and values that lead you through life. We are all energy, the same as any person with any religion.

    Science has led us knowledge of recognizing this, but when you lead an unconscious life you have no room for rationality. Your brain can only give you what you have learned to be. Your pain is your normal life.

    We identify with what we know positively and negatively with what have been conditioned to think. We hate other’s for what we really hate about ourselves. Our negative repressed feelings are viewed as bad to us, so anyone that possesses this value is associated as bad also.

    This is a destructive lifestyle and only breeds more hatred an misunderstanding of others energy.

    To say that someone is wrong for believing in any religion comes from the same place that you are judging that person. We all have emotional ties to parts of our lives that change our perception of the world. The misunderstanding of this is what causes a difference of opinion and ultimately hatred in others.

    I can say that is agree with the general view of this blog, but in a way that once people get past the hatred for themselves they can be happy and successful in their life. That is a common denominator with successful people.

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  • 4. Mark Babineaux  |  July 6, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    Go to http://www.progressyourlife.com
    I have dedicated this site to living a more conscious life.

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  • 5. ger cantwell  |  July 13, 2008 at 10:50 am

    HENRY DELANEY A GARDA IN CARRICKMACROSS IS AS DIRTY AS THEY COME,HE SHOULD HAVE STAYED IN THURLES WHERE HE BELONGS….
    100EURO AND HELL LOOK THE OTHER WAY

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  • 6. Poland dentist  |  August 14, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    Well I was thought by my family to beleieve in God but now I think I shouldn’t. There is part of me that still wants to beleive and other part saying that there is no God. Can’t make my mind but perhaps the closer to my death the more of the God side will take part of my brain. Pathetic…………

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  • 7. Dannah  |  September 21, 2008 at 2:18 am

    ATHEISM:- The belief that there was nothing and nothing happened to nothing and then nothing magically exploded for no reason, creating everything and then everything magically rearranged itself for no reason what so ever into self-replicating bits which then turned into dinosaurs. Sounds reasonable to me.

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  • 8. TepTewExcape  |  September 21, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    thats it, guy

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  • 9. John  |  October 17, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    Get a life mr Nugent.
    http://www.tlig.org/

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  • 10. RaiulBaztepo  |  March 29, 2009 at 12:49 am

    Hello!
    Very Interesting post! Thank you for such interesting resource!
    PS: Sorry for my bad english, I’v just started to learn this language 😉
    See you!
    Your, Raiul Baztepo

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  • 11. Britney7606  |  February 28, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    You can opt to create almost any kind of utilizable space from your loft. Be creative, but try to lean toward conservative with colors. Using fluorescent lamps instead of incandescent bulbs also help with energy efficiency as the former consumes lesser power than the latter.

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