Normally, I don’t worry about New Year’s Resolutions, the whole idea of waiting until a certain day to make changes in your life strikes me as really absurd, if there is something that I need to change, why wait, why not just do it? However, last year, I actually did have a resolution, I totally and completely walked away from the Atheism+/FreethoughtBlog morons and haven’t stepped my electronic foot into their cesspool since. I have not looked at the Atheism+ forums even once and I haven’t looked at any of the associated FtB blogs that have been a big proponent of that extremist feminist stupidity. Not one visit to any of those blogs, I don’t listen to their podcasts and when I’ve found that a podcast or a website tends to support that kind of stupidity or talk about it in excessive amounts, I drop those too.
You know something? I’ve loved it. I feel so much better, not having to be faced with a daily dose of liberal stupidity. Not only can I not imagine not having done that, I’m wondering why I didn’t do it much earlier.
That made me start thinking about what I really want to do for this year and as people who have been reading the blog regularly might have noticed, I’ve gotten very critical of debating theists, especially debating fundamentalist and fanatical theists. I just don’t think it’s worthwhile, it doesn’t actually accomplish anything and more often than not, it leaves me upset and frustrated. That’s not good for my blood pressure and it’s not good for my disposition so I’ve asked myself, why do it? I’ve yet to come up with a good reason so my resolution this year is to know when to give up when debating theists.
I’m not stopping completely, if I were to do that, why bother with this blog at all? I am, however, going to know the limits of my patience and not push on with debates that aren’t going anywhere, or with people who are just too stupid to be rationally dealt with. In fact, the more I think about it, I may just apply this to everyone, not just theists because there are a lot of political debates that are just a waste of my time and energy too. If someone can’t make a reasonable point or provide objective evidence, why should I bother talking to them at all?
I think this one change for the year is going to reduce my stress level, just like last year’s resolution did. After all, it’s much easier to blog about the foibles of a stupid person than to try to talk them out of their stupidity, especially if they are singularly ill equipped to engage in a worthwhile discussion.
So what’s your resolution for the year? Inquiring minds want to know.