When I posted about the quilts I’m making for the infants whose families can’t afford baby blankets, my blog got 8 hits. When I talked about the need to specialize and to pick an area in the world where one can actively make a difference, I got 15. Yesterday, I angered a handful of well-known pagan bloggers by saying that a group of college atheists pulling a silly stunt by making a “god graveyard” wasn’t really that big a deal. I got 109 hits. This says something important about our community, that I really was hoping others who’ve observed the same phenomenon were mistaken about.
Getting attention and blathering about theology and how everyone’s out to get us is worth more in this community than doing real work. It doesn’t matter who you’re helping; if there’s not a drama llama to be fed, people are going to move on. Why? Why is the idea of what pseudocelebrity is up in arms because SOMEONE DARES DISAGREE more important than providing blankets to babies who have none?
I challenge you, Sannion. I challenge you, Sufenas Virius Lupus. I challenge you, Galina Krasskova. I challenge every single person who’s bitching about how horrible I and others like me are for not taking offense at the shocking idea that atheists don’t believe in living gods. (It’s almost as if the word “atheist” meant something! Imagine that!) Do something, anything, to make the world better, instead of wringing your hands and wanking on about your own piety and everyone else’s lack thereof. Clothe someone who’s cold. Feed someone who’s hungry. Volunteer in a low-income school. Help a struggling single mother get a job. Then come criticize me for having better things to do than whining about how everyone’s out to get the pagan community. I challenge you to use your name recognition to get behind something real. Not a website, not a book, but a real impact in people’s day-to-day lives. Because if you’re not doing something that actually helps people, then what real work are you doing? What purpose do you serve in the world?