I’m fairly sure that I’m a bit different from most of the atheists here. Most have completely accepted reality in a fundamental way, and thoroughly reject any tendency towards woo. I respect that and envy that as well. I however, cannot quite reconcile reality with my desire for some sort of supernatural. Don’t misunderstand. I know the difference: One is real and the other is wishful thinking, but that pull towards the supernatural is emotionally very strong within me.
I cannot get rid of my emotional attachment to the supernatural, even though I know absolutely that there is no such thing. There is no god or goddess in the sky, offering me their help when I most need it. There is no angel assigned to watch over me. There is no nine tailed fox to bring wonder and adventure into my life. I am ashamed that I should even desire such things, especially knowing full well that none of them have ever been more than fairy stories. And yet I do.
I held onto my belief, my faith in god for as long as I could, so that what I perceived as reality, allowed for that which my heart so longed. Finally, even one as romantic, sappy, and given to fancy as I, could no longer believe in the fairy tales.
I bring this up not to confess my own shortcomings, but rather, to wonder if this pull doesn’t hit other people as well.
I think that theists may be confronted with a similar problem. They are reluctant to accept reality (as I eventually had to) because then their fondest hopes and dreams would have no foundation in what they understand as truth. As long as they can expect supernatural occurrences, they can hope that those dreams might someday become reality. There might be peace, or retribution, or punishment for the wicked, paradise for the faithful, reunification with lost loved ones etc. Asking them to give this up may be asking them to give up too much.
I don’t know how to address this dichotomy in myself, and so have no solution for others. I live with it. I am often quite sad because of it. Having said this, living with some sadness is much better than living a delusion. Dreams can often be more wonderful than life, but almost everyone would choose to be awake rather than spend their life asleep.