Evangelical atheism – Twitter, let’s get personal.
03 Thursday Mar 2011
DISCLAIMER: Apparently, this one is gonna get nasty and is, very likely, not what you would expect. So, if you don’t know me at all, this post is not for you.
What’s the likelihood of me actually writing a long blog post with my job sucking all the energy out of me, and my life – yes, I do have a life – being so busy as of late? Well, there are only two ways to get me to do this: ask nicely and repeatedly because we have discussed any given subject previously – so, nag me and don’t stop until I deliver; the second, and more effective way? piss me off. Seriously, that’s all it takes, but I wouldn’t recommend the second optioin if you want to continue being my friend.
Admittedly, I have an incredibly high patience threshold, but in the last few months, it has been as if everyone online, theists mostly, needed to tell me that I’m wrong and I need to turn to their gods, with the corresponding Hades threats. These people get a few answers, but to some extent that once reached, they get ignored – because, in my opinion, we must try to not be a dick, when possible.
It gets even worse when it is other atheists that seem to dislike the way I decide to run my website, my tweets, the way I suggest things should be done when it comes to the manner in which I believe “people of faith” should be dealt with, and a few of these atheists even dare to say publicly that people like me “need to go.” I wish they told me where the hell they think people like me need to go. I mean, come on! It’s the effing internet! EVERYONE has equal rights to be here as anyone else and express their opinion, and whoever does not like it, is just a click away of getting rid of this annoyance. But that’s a whole different chapter that I’m not willing to write, not yet anyway – ’cause I’m patient – and because I know all too well their usual ‘projection/assumption’ rebuttal. In all honesty, I thought they would have let go by now, which makes me think it’s not even worth the effort.
So, people tend to label me, (and to be completely honest, sometimes I do deserve it), as an “evangelical atheist.” It’s true, I do, more often than not, on Twitter, get a bit preachy, and “a bit” might as well be an understatement.
But that’s not who I am, really. I mean, yeah, I am an atheist, but I’m so much more than just that. You see, the only times when I am predominantly an atheist, is on Twitter, and certainly this website… and its affiliates…. and over at Think Atheist, but that’s about it, really! Obviously, um, it is obvious to me, there is way much more to life than just fighting on public mediums, the multiplex levels of disgrace that constitute almost (and I say “almost” just to be safe here) every single denomination of religious faith.
The problem though, is that my outspokenness about my atheism is the main of the few aspects of me that you all get to see, because the great abundance of people that honor me with their attention and have chosen to listen to what I have to say, are not interested – at least I don’t think they are – in being informed about my discontent with, say, some decisions my superiors make at work, for instance; or I don’t think anyone cares if I decided to dye my hair pink, and worse, people won’t want to hear about my potty schedules – and even if they were willing to hear about these things, I am not keen about sharing this kind of information with anyone. That is not what public medium is for, or rather that’s the way I see it. Finally, if you want to say that my butt is so tight that if I passed a gas only the dogs could hear it, well, be my guest; although I’m pretty sure you’d juggle a bit with the semantics in that sentence. Damn! That would make a really good tweet.
On the other hand, like-minded people get some sort of lift when I write a logical, rational, atheist tweet. I can tell for the way you guys react to them, and more importantly, because you tell me so.
Believers often ask us atheists something along the lines: if you’re an atheist, why do you spend so much time talking about god? Well, we think we have good reasons, which I very superficially covered on a previous post. I personally do it because I believe that we can make a difference challenging the moronic propositions of the whole faith thing, and it is so much fun! I honestly think that god is great for the snarking — seriously, how could we not make fun of the god-idiocy — and ultimately, and more importantly, because I want to. You can call it a whim if you feel so inclined, it is my effing right, right?
If you are one of those that think I shouldn’t, don’t subject yourself to the conundrum of telling me that I’m wrong, and that you’re unfollowing me, or worse, that I “need to go” – and on that note, I would dare to say it is the other way around. If I ever gave you the impression that I give a damn about my tweets count or the number of followers, allow me, hereby, to correct this mistake at once. I do care about the people, heck! I LOVE my Tweeple, I can’t stress this enough. I do appreciate every tweet and follow thingy and try my best to keep up with the copious comments, replies and rebuttals I get, (although I’m always late), but I am all invested into these people, you guys. On the other hand, I couldn’t care less about the numbers, and those of you who do know me, are certain about this.
On the evangelical atheism, mea culpa, and now I think this post should have gotten a different title.
In short, I am inclined to jump to the conclusion that you’re misjudging me, but just because you have limited information. If you’re only judging me for my overly tagged, atheistic tweets, I’ll have you know that I also tweet about non-atheistic stuff, I think you might be missing out on some other content.
So, this tweet is kind of apropos, oh wait! *giggles* It is about the commonly praised premise “you can’t judge a book by its cover”, but written by me, of course it has a twist.
As usual, here is the Twitter link, in case you like it and want to reply to it, or retweet it, or refute it, or do whatever it is to your heart’s content.
If you’re still reading this, you deserve loads of chocolate. To me, it’s been cathartic.
Now, I’m eager to hear what you’d have to say about all this, so lay it all down here in the comments, and rest assured that I will reply, it might take a little time, though.