New Year’s Resolution Time

resolutionNormally, 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.

5 thoughts on “New Year’s Resolution Time

  1. I think this is a good idea. I've been doing this type of thing for quite a while now, I'll abandon debates pretty quickly when things look stupid and unproductive. It's funny, I've been meaning to ask you for a while why you even bother doing debates. You are constantly talking about how they are a waste of time. I have been wondering why you bother at all, and by extension what keeps you motivated to do this blog.

    It actually still seems like a valid question though. Do you really think it's a waste of time? Are debates perhaps only usually a waste of time? If you think it's impossible to change the mind of a theist unless they were already headed that way already, why bother?

    My recent post Well Said [31 December 2013]

    1. Honestly, in practice, the overwhelming majority of debates are pointless, but I can't just let the theists make absurd claims without rebutting them and that leads to debate. I can either sit there and bite my tongue until it bleeds or I can step up and say something and refute the religious stupidity. I've chosen to do the latter and it has been a waste of time in the overwhelming majority of cases. Maybe even virtually all cases, especially recently when there is no real difference between online apologists and poes and trolls. If the most unbelievably absurd claims are actually taken seriously by these people, they don't need to be debated, they need to be committed, yet society still insists on giving their ridiculous beliefs credence.

        1. There are no places where those absurd claims won't be made, unfortunately. Theists on Twitter constantly post to atheism hashtags with ridiculous claims. Theists on forums constantly post their absurd beliefs and challenge people to prove them wrong. The only way to avoid it is to avoid the Internet. Now maybe I'm just a confrontational guy… no, I absolutely am a confrontational guy, but there are painfully few places where the theists won't show up and chant their mindless mantra and someone has to stand up and tell them they're idiots.

          Unfortunately, for many years now, that's been me.

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