Some of you who prefer not to think of yourselves as worshipers may resist the idea that you are worshipers since the common perspective on worship tends to associate worship with a direction of reverence toward a metaphysical being or deity. You might conclude that because the thing that you hold in highest regard is not a god or God then you are not worshipping. Your regard for the money, car, family, job, sense of security, etc. that you are holding in higher esteem than anything else in your lives is not viewed as the object of your worship even though your regard for it may fit into Webster’s parameters.
Katie Taylor, Atheist - I don't believe in a god -commented in a 3/23/19 post on the internet site “Quora”
As an atheist, what are the things that work for me to trigger a state of reverence and wonder? I’d have to say that most of the time, it will be something that reminds me of how connected all people are with each other and, in fact, with all living things.
So, even Athiests worship.
Then the question becomes who or what should we worship?
Returning to Webster we see that the act of worship is that of directing “extravagant respect or admiration for or devotion to an object of esteem”.
Could it be that this act of worship that may be hard wired into our being is a spiritual autonomic response much like the hard wired physiological autonomic response of breathing? An activity we partake in without much or any thought? And just like in breathing, although it happens automatically we make a choice of what we breathe in. Will it be clear, crisp mountain air or the stifling, polluted belching of a smokestack? Ok, that was a bit dramatic, but you get my point. Worship involves choice even if we are doing it automatically.
So, how to choose?
Tune in to part 3 for a suggestion.