A recent blog article about “Why I blog” made me think about what are we doing rightly or wrongly as skeptics/atheists. No matter how many times I see yet another article debunking chiropractor’s, I still see people including my friends, spending money on chiropractor’s. The same goes for anti-vaccine debunking, or homeopathy, or chem-trails. The Internet is awash with skeptic/atheist sites, in fact, I had wanted to call this blog “Yet another atheist blog”, but it had been used before and deleted already so the name was not available to me!
Considering how easy it is to set up a blog these days perhaps our message is simply being lost in the noise of the Internet? I have no illusions of grandeur here. I am not expecting to make any difference single-handedly; hence my sardonic dig at myself.
Still, is there something each of us can do at the grassroots level? How many of us actually challenge our friends on why they go to chiropractors? Is this the way we can each make a difference in the world by not being “keyboard warriors” but actually engaging our friends? Perhaps that’s why some of us are keyboard warriors in the first place as we have driven all our friends away? 😉 I honestly don’t know the answer and the friends I have discussed it with don’t know either.
Meanwhile, I plod along doing what little I can, by contributing time to talk to people who are coming out of religion. (I was one of the lucky ones.) Perhaps marching in gay pride marches will help one more person come out of religion or. protesting atheist Bangladeshi bloggers being arrested might force our government to ask questions. (I can dream can’t I?)
Perhaps, more of us should concentrate on the grass roots, and volunteer to do atheist/skeptic outreach in our own community. I know I am.