The fact that I hate the character of the Christian God is not why I am an atheist.
The fact that I don't like being tested without being able to reciprocate or find out the reasons for the testing is not why I am an atheist.
The fact that I think most bible stories are absurd is not why I am an atheist.
Hypocrisy in the church, hypocrisy in humanity, evil in the world; none of these are reason why I am an atheist.
Cultivating attention, being different, shock value; again, not why I am an atheist.
I am an atheist for the same reason Christians are Christian; someone said it, and I believe it. It's what makes sense to me. The best time of existence has been defined, and I choose to live for that time.
I have always been different. I have always been uncomfortable when lumped in with a group of people. I have never felt a strong allegiance to any group, idea, or cause. I've tried, but never felt it. I don't have a favorite sports team that can ruin my mood by losing. I don't have a favorite place to go that would change my life by being destroyed. I don't have a favorite store or restaurant. I don't have a favorite material possession that I couldn't live without. My allegiance gene is retarded. I know this, and I accept it.
What I do have is a sincere and deep love for humanity. I do have a few people in my life that I don't know how I would live without after having known them. Humans are my clique. Humans are my motivation. Humans teach, learn, and love.
My view of life does not require a god. If you are are like me in not needing or believing in a god, chances are that your reasons are entirely different than mine. That is the beauty of humanity; having a mind that can override your heart to tell you what you need and why you need it (or don't need it).
Why do I spend time discussing atheism and religion? Because it's not enough to just be neutral in this life. Because I need you to know that I am not blind. Because you will ask questions, and I enjoy giving answers from my perspective. Because I hear ideas that spark my own, and ideas make the world work, progress, and evolve. Because in a world of pretending, I want you to know that I am real. Because if you want to judge me, I want you to have your facts straight so you can make a fair judgement.
I talk so you know that I respect myself. I listen so you know that I respect you.