Labels and divisions.

So apparently there has been quite a significant amount of talk recently about figuring out who the gnostic and agnostic atheists are. This idea I find to be but highly comical and utterly moronic. I mean come on people, it’s not that long ago we were at each other’s throats over the idea of organising atheism and now you want more division?

Honestly what difference does it make if someone is an agnostic or gnostic atheist? They still don’t believe in a god, you’re just splitting hairs at this point. Do you concern yourself with whether someone is an agnostic or a gnostic theist? No, probably not, and do you know why? Because it makes almost no difference to the substance of most debates about religion.

How about instead of trying to divide people by labels, we start to just work as groups trying to accomplish specific goals? At the end of the day most labels only tell you, for certain, one specific thing about a person. Beyond the meaning of that label, any conclusions you form about that person are speculation. For example let’s use a label like “gambler”. All that label tells you is that the person in question gambles. It doesn’t tell you what form of gambling they partake in, it doesn’t tell you if they are a winner or loser, it doesn’t even tell you if they are a casual gambler or an addict. The vast majority of labels work in the same way.

I, for one, don’t care if you’re an agnostic or a gnostic atheist. All I care about is what your goals are and whether I they are in line with mine. I don’t even care if you’re a theist, if we both agree that, for example, religion should have no say in politics or law then I will happily work with you to achieve that goal.

Forget about finding divisions amongst atheists, we’re already a minority as it is. Instead find what connects us as atheists, and as humans, and work from there.

Donating to podcasters and those in need.

I have absolutely no problem with people looking for donations for producing content for others to enjoy. I don’t even care about the quality of the content you produce, people will donate what they feel the content is worth and that’s fine.

I also have no issue with someone looking for financial help to support their family, things are difficult for many people and that’s an unfortunate reality attached to the times we live in. But whether you like it, or even accept it, the simple fact is this: if you’re asking for those kinds of donations then you make your finances, what you’re spending money on, public business. The people who consider donating to help you, even if they are only considering giving you a once off donation of $1, have a right to know where that money is likely to go. If you have a problem with that then, like it or not, it’s fairly reasonable for those people to assume you’re doing something underhanded. Don’t get defensive when you’re asked where the money is going or has gone, it makes you look like you’ve done something with it that you know is wrong.

If I were to ask you to donate money to me that I won’t be paying back, you every right to ask me where that money is going to go and why. You also have the right to ask how I afforded any recent trips or purchases I may have made.

This is a very simple concept and it’s one that, if you’re going to ask for donations to support your family, you really need to accept sooner rather than later.

I loved you once.

I dreamt of you again last night,
We danced beneath the star light,
We laughed as I held you tight,
Oh it was such a beautiful sight.

But maybe it’s time I fly the white flag,
Maybe I should pack these memories in a bag,
Bundle them up like an old rag,
Ye it’s time I fly the white flag.

The pain you caused is no mystery,
It’s just our sad history,
It still hurts what you did to me,
But I just want you to be happy.

I’m betting on a loser.

Oh, I’m betting on a loser,
It’s the only thing I’ve ever done,
All you’ve ever been is a user,
Still I miss you now you’re gone.

Oh, if I didn’t have bad luck,
I’d have no luck at all,
But I’d toss my current life in the muck,
If it ment I’d get your call.

Oh, if I wasn’t up for a gamble,
If I wasn’t willing to play this game,
Maybe then I wouldn’t tremble,
Every time I hear your name.