It’s really just something I realized this evening. It sounds trivial, to some, controversial, to others. I am not saying that every belief brings knowledge. Only if you can test a belief it will give you knowledge. What is important about this is that belief is what you have first.
This, of course, calls into question whether I am a true atheist. I don’t believe in god. Can I know whether god exists or not if I don’t believe? I chose to believe that God doesn’t exist. But can I test that? If dying is the only way to test that, how am I going to share the result(s)? I am like Shrödinger’s Cat, in a way. Instead of dying or not, when inspected, I need to die to find the truth.
Well, I’m literally not dying to know. I’ll save that attitude for when my time is at hand. For now, I’m just betting my hypothetical soul on my atheist conviction. Maybe that’s the answer: I will bet on the non-existence of God, so, I am an atheist proper.