Thursday, May 23, 2013

Don't Feed the Ego (Strike That, Reverse It)

The following is an excerpt from On Daphne's Couch.
Feeling utterly alone (and being okay with it), I continued my rampage of the Internet and found something surprising. The Atheist Blogroll has compiled a list of well over 1,000 blogs in the realm of atheism/skepticism. I found a few I particularly like, one in particular that I’d like to discuss: Deity Shmeity
I enjoyed this blog in particular because of how quickly the design caught my eye. Clearly the author (Grundy, as he is known on the web) is much more graphically capable than I am.
And also much more humorous. I admit I can be a bit dry and analytical in my delivery at times. As a life long introvert, I’m afraid my formal style is here to stay. But Grundy is to Atheism as Grumio is to Shakespeares’s Taming of the Shrew. Witty, intelligent, sarcastic at times, and never fails to make the reader laugh even in the midst of a serious situation. I am relieved that Grundy possesses such brilliance even after his strict Catholic education and experiences with Christian Science in his young life. While his career is based in Advertising, Grundy still finds time to post two or three times per week. And his posts feature a great mix of lengthy, thought provoking essays, as well as shorter thoughts based around a funny image. And his audience clearly enjoys his style, seeing as every post has at least a couple comments. In many cases, discussion between readers breaks out, and Grundy fuels the interactive environment by taking part in the conversation. 
Deity Shmeity has instilled in me a good feeling that atheists of all colors are out there and willing to speak up. Just as there are good Christians and bad Christians, good Muslims and bad Muslims, there will also be good and bad Atheists. But with blogs like my own, and Deity Shmeity, hopefully we can create a diverse community of analytical individuals who are willing to question, learn, and debate. My hope for my own blog is to use logic so sound, that even the religious can’t deny the foundations of my arguments. Grundy’s approach is different: though still very logical, I worry his use of humor may immediately deter religious individuals from reading further. They may feel personally attacked or mocked rather than curious. 
And I’ll admit that I can be hostile as well (my criticism of Jesus Camp ensures that the Evangelicals will not be visiting this page). But between Grundy, myself, and everyone in between, we have all the bases covered. And hopefully, we’ll reach out to the doubtful and convert them to logic and reason. (If that doesn’t work, we could always send our young men on door-to-door conversion missions. That seems to work, right?)'
How great is that, huh? My first thought upon reading this was "wow." My second thought was "I should repost this." My third thought would have been "such a post would come across as unabashed ego stroking, you narcissistic douche." You should just be happy I don't have a Testimonials page.

Feeling alone is a major issue when discarding any set of beliefs for others--especially when the new set is the minority opinion. That I can be some small connection to a larger world of common perspective means the world to me. I found that when I first started listening to The Skeptic's Guide to the Universe. Before then, I never knew people could base their lives on anything other than myth. It sounds crazy, but that's a real mental hurdle in our culture. Thanks for sharing, Mendelssohn, if that is indeed your name. If you need any help in the world of atheist blogging feel free to drop me a line.

That said, I'm totally making a Testimonials page.

1 comment:

  1. I was thinking only one thing when I started reading this "What is he up to now?" Keep up the good work!