Ignorance with intellectual wings is the worst ignorance
The Bhagavad-gita (16.09) indicates that the atheistic, being possessed by their meager intelligence, flourish in self-destructive and world-destructive activities. In these people, ignorance not only resides, but also flies with the wings of the misdirected intellect.
To be in ignorance is bad; these are the wingless atheists.
To be in ignorance and to imagine oneself to be in knowledge is worse; these are the budding wing atheists.
To be in ignorance, to imagine oneself to be in knowledge, and to imagine one in knowledge to be in ignorance is worst; these are the flying atheists, who aggressively proselytize for their religion of disbelief.
This third category is where fanatical atheists belong. These intolerant devotees of atheism baptize themselves as the saints of reason and strut with a holier-than-thou attitude of condescension towards anyone who doesn’t agree with their belief in disbelief. Gita wisdom informs us that they are born with ungodly qualities and they aggravate those negative traits by their lifestyle choices and especially their intellectual rationalizations.
When spiritual seekers face such confirmed and convinced atheists, the best way – and often the only way – to serve them is to pray for them from a distance. The sixteenth chapter of the Gita describes the inauspicious destinations to which they are headed due to their foolhardy intellectual self-righteousness. Spiritual seekers pray that such atheists save themselves from their unfortunate fate by using the wings of their intelligence to fly not away from God but towards him.
“Following such conclusions, the demoniac, who are lost to themselves and who have no intelligence, engage in unbeneficial, horrible works meant to destroy the world.”