Why?27 May, 2008
I found this over at You Made Me Say It (Philly Chief discovered these questions from The Friendly Atheist about blogging, which are an expansion upon something from Greta Christina and to round out my linking, I discovered this all by way of The Exterminator. Hemant’s questions aren’t just about why one would blog, but specifically aimed at atheist bloggers). I went ahead and borrowed (well, stole (but with attribution)) the idea. I’ll keep the answers short (though they wont’t be nearly as eloquent (though there will be more parentheses (go figure))).
Why do I blog? I blog for a couple of reasons.
First, it makes life easier at home. I have a tendency to start talking back at the television or radio, and then I begin to rant about whatever idiocy I have heard. By ranting on my blog, it adds a layer of insulation between my thoughts and my family.
Second, it is a learning experience. I have been exposed to ideas, brilliance, thought processes, logical fallacies, and just plain idiocy from which I had previously been insulated. Additionally, by making my own mistakes (which some of you have been kind enough to point out), my own thinking processes have been refined. Then again, there’s a reason some exposure is illegal.
Third, writing a blog has helped me to get a better handle on who I am. By attempting to write clearly about my thoughts and experiences, I have had to think more about what the hell I am trying to say.
What is our endgame as atheist bloggers? I really don’t see any ‘endgame’ for blogging, either on a personal level, or for the atheosphere as a whole. By blogging about atheism, progressive politics, my personal experiences (and their relationship to atheism and progressivism) and history, I hope to be able to make links which others may not have seen (or at least others may point out relationships which I have missed). More important than anything specific that I have to say, I think that blogs like mine and the hundreds of other blogs approaching reality from an atheistic viewpoint provide an essential counterpoint to the overwhelming number of blogs by theists (mostly of the Christian persuasion). As long as theists continue to believe that they have the only answer, and the rest of the world must be saved, atheist websites will be needed. That’s about as effective an end-game plan as McSame and Iraq.
Do we want religion to become eradicated? Personally, I could really care less whether religion is eradicated or not. I do, though, want a government run rationally, not via ‘faith-based’ wishful thinking. I do want legislators who do not try to legislate ‘morality’ as defined by his or her narrow religious view. I do want religions (and religious people) to allow those of differing beliefs, or no belief, to live in peace. I do want science, history and math taught in public schools without being used to push religious beliefs. Of course, for these things to happen, religion would, effectively, have to dissapear.
Do we want more theists to treat atheists and atheism with respect? — This would involve the notion that laws would not be passed based on religious beliefs. Yes. All people (theist, atheist, multi-theist) must be treated with respect. Someday theists may realize what most atheists already know: any law passed for religious reasons will harm some part of the population.
Do we just want to rant? I think ranting is part of it, however, in my travels (and travails) through the atheosphere, I have seen many well-thought-out arguments for reason. There are some rants, but (unlike many theistically based sites), even the rants make sense.
Philly Chief may not realize it, but I think he just created a meme. I hereby tag anyone who reads this and wants to do a little bit of introspective blogging.