Here’s a rather fun dispute between people who have like-mindedly disavowed belief systems whether or not to be a dick about it. The comments section is more fun than the post that started it off.
So what’s a Seth to do in a world so divided among like minds? I’m already convinced there is nothing supernatural, that religion is at best entertainment and at worst the same kind of crap teams of nasty people are made of. Should I be nice about it or what?
Me? I take it on a case by case basis. The louder and more sensational an announcement the quicker I am to ridicule. Billboards, bumper stickers, and TV ads piss me off because they promote religion without a conversation, without human to human interaction. I have been a believer and I have friends of a diversity of types. Since most of the time religion isn’t the purpose of hanging out, in those cases, their beliefs become benign. Disputing evolution is idiotic, but if the peer is a computer scientist, then the opinion is irrelevant.
And besides, I’ve got my own favorite fish to fry. Let’s talk about sex, baby. Let’s talk about something that is typically fun for everyone that got turned into a morality choice, a vulnerability, a social statement and more. Some people think chastity is a virtue. Also, there is homophobia. Women have to worry about predators (we all do, but this is a common concern). Then there are diseases. Monogamy is the right relationship pattern especially for those of us who want votes. And all of this stuff gets in the way of our ability to take situations a case at a time and to mix our safety features with living in the moment. The best sex happens when we feel like it after all. And blah blah blah fucking.
So you have people preparing for the return of god. You have suicide bombers and some of the hottest women around dressed the most discretely (muslim ladies). I don’t have time to focus on religion and change the world because I’m on a perv mission. Quit trying to distract me.