What has the new year got in store for us?
What do I hope the new year will bring?
What do I hope to achieve in the pursuit of promoting atheism based on reason, logic and science?
Well as you know, I started this blog after Christopher Hitchens died. I took part in the Hitch tribute podcast that The Thinking Atheist held in his honour and after speaking out and letting my feelings and thoughts be heard, I decided I might as well follow up my words with actions. In a way, it is my tribute for Hitch, to carry on the torch that he created and held for such a long time.
Now I know that no way will I ever be as prominent and as big as Hitch was, but I want to do my part in the atheist cause, however small that may be (all 5 foot 2 inches of me!). It would be nice if this blog really took off. I have not found such a big and popular UK based atheist blog and I hope I will be able to fit such big shoes. But if I do not, then that does not matter either.
I thought that I was very open about my atheism, that I did not have anything to fear about letting my atheism show, not to strangers, but to people I know. After starting this blog I learnt that I was not as comfortable sharing my atheist views to everyone I knew as I first thought. I thought it was going to be easy, but it has not been. My first blog, well, I was a bag of nerves when it came to publishing it. It has now become easier over time because when it comes down to it, if they are my true friends, then they will accept me for everything I am and the lack of belief I have in religion. If not, well…….. Oh and then when I had my first theist confrontation, I was so scared. Would I make the atheist community proud in my responses? But then as an overview, with this blog, will I make the atheist community proud?
I hope so. I can only imagine achieving the standing that people like The Thinking Atheist and The Atheist Experience has. I can only try to emulate them – never copy them as I am my own person and I have my own style, but apart from Hitch, they are some of my inspirations and I thank them for their hard work in the cause. I am very grateful as a listener and as part of their audience. Without them, would I have had the courage or inspiration to do this blog? I do not think I would have had so much of either to be honest.
Enough with the love fest though, looking forward to the new year ahead, the big 2012, well we have the biggie really – apparently it is going to be the end of the world before the year has ended! There is no difference between some Mayan priest eons ago announcing the end of the world and some wackjob fundamentalist nutcase stating that the end of the world will happen tomorrow, so give him all his money to ensure your salvation! With my money firmly in my purse, I will no doubt see you all on the other side!