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Obligatory Post of the Month

April 27, 2010

I recently read a blog post from a guy who’s been blogging about atheism for three years. This blog ain’t nothin’ compared to his, or to other atheist writers who actually spend a lot of time on their stuff case in point Greta Christina

But what this has all got me wondering is, is there really a point to blogging besides self-interest? I’ve figured out that my attitude towards blogging comes and goes. Some days it’s cool and even refreshing. Other days you want to choke people. I don’t really care about the audience aspect or ^commenting^ meaning I don’t care to be the ^host^ of threads that much. If people comment, cool, if not, cool. But at the end of the day this translates in less overhead: I’m not spending any time sucked into good or bad threads. Let’s face it half the shit that goes on in comment threads in atheist blogs is just a thankless timesuck. Not to say there isn’t genuine knowledge or humor, but everything has a cost. I look at this like, “Huh. I could go write a post that only a few people will read” vs. “Well I could go hang with my babe or check out the City” or something besides whine about the same old same old from either side

As far as  new stuff here, not much. School’s going good and fortunately for me I don’t get all my info from blogs. But in all fairness I’ve been spending some time here where the discussions actually have a range and the commenters are made up of a larger student-teacher ratio. There’s something to be said for sites favored by scholars, as opposed to your typical atheist blogger.

I guess the one thing I’d like to get off my chest is I think ^atheism is not a worldview^ arguments are weak. Atheism is most certainly a worldview it’s a view of the world without gods as Fante declared and I affirm in my tagline we ^accept the universe godless^ I mean come on. The more we deny basic truths the more stupid we look to believers or anyone that’s even rational. We should have the balls to stand up and say, ^Fuck yeah atheism is a world view it’s a kick ass one that boatloads of people with brains have had^

So…

March 19, 2010

I’ve been layin’ low because the joint was startin’ to attract some riff-raff, if ya know what I mean. Not to mention, I got me a babe

Seems the coast is clear. I’ve got some rants brewing inside I can feel them. I’ll probably post some more Fante just to soak up his style.

One quick rant to get off my chest are those shitheads in any group who are always accusing everyone else of bigotry whenever they disagree. Church people do it, atheists do it, politicians and everyone else down the line. The news tends to over react to everything. It’s not bigotry that they focus on an atheist book in the Texas arsons, it’s just how the media is – fanatical, not necessarily bigoted against people who don’t believe in God.

Let’s not be so self-centered.

Still Thinking This Shit Through

January 10, 2010

Talk about mixed emotions. I started this blog when I discovered atheist blogs in general, while researching the problem of evil for something related to philosophy class. I saw it as a way to have a sort of ^anonymous persona^ where I could say whatever I want without fear of retaliation or drama. It’s has been and still is that, and I like that part. I can randomly write ^fuck^ if I want, and not have to worry that my teacher will flip out and pray for me. If people don’t want to read ^fuck^ then they don’t have to read it, but if you’ve lived part or all of your life bound by religion then you know where the ^fuck^ I’m coming from when I say it feels good to be free.

Another thing here is that the name “Godless Randall” reflected how I felt at that time, happy to be free from the religious culture I grew up inside, but “Godless” only really means that I’m an atheist of some sort. What is an atheist? It’s a question I saw being argued just today. If an atheist is defined as “absence of belief in gods,” yeah, I’m an atheist in the sense that I don’t ^believe in^ any gods meaning I don’t ^follow^ any religion, but that doesn’t mean I believe in only matter or only this universe. There are all sorts of varieties of atheist, from what I hear, and it seems people should be more open-minded than that. Some atheists are religious, some religious folk are pretty much atheists when it comes down to it too. But by “Godless” I don’t mean to say materialism. By “Godless” I mean without religion and God and gods, but diehard materialism atheists seem to me to be much like the people at church back home and I want to also stand apart from them.

Sometimes when I read atheist blogs, I find myself nodding “yes” to everything. Other times, the atheist needs a slap upside the head or a swift kick to the nuts. I feel like I fall somewhere between the extreme believer and the extreme atheist, and I feel under represented. People on both sides get crazy and need to be brought back down to Earth. So don’t be surprised if I end up criticizing things in atheist blogs if they’re as ignorant as the things atheist blogs criticize believers for. I notice lots if not most atheist talk centers around criticizing theism and rightly so, but I’m not looking to share uniforms with another movement . That’s one thing currently non negotiable.

So, I don’t know. Maybe I’ll end up writing about the crazy bar exploits I’ve had in the last short year. After all, I do like Bukowski.

Happy New Year

January 4, 2010

Okay, okay… I admit it. I totally disappeared over the holidays. Not that anyone seemed to mind, as a whopping ^two comments^ have amassed in that time. I get an average of one comment a month! Yippee! The truth is, school and that end of the year fiasco most Americans call Christmas demanded more time than I can give to blogging. Sucks, ‘cuz I was getting pretty close to meeting my one-post-per-week average.

So, today’s post is just to usher in the New Year, and to re-establish some regularity to this incontinent piece of shit I call a blog. That said, I don’t have much of anything ^real^ or ^important^ to talk about. I’m just glad New Year isn’t draped in the same religio-political whore’s outfit as Christmas. I could tell you about how I went back home and had the same exact argument I had with my religious parents last year. Or, I could tell you about how a particular altar girl / pastor’s daughter we’ll call “Sarah” is now the town cokewhore, but we already know religion’s mouth tends to write checks its ass can’t cash.

I would also like to acknowledge the new commenter who managed to stop by while I was slugging it out with finals: baysailor. Hi baysailor! Turns out we’re in the same neck of the woods!

And yes, Jake, I’m still here.

The Way I’m Doing This

August 17, 2009

I’m still trying to full develop my personal “blogging style” if you will; as of right now, the only real “non-negotiables” would be that I’m going to rant mostly about atheism and religion, that I’ll definitely be cussing when I do it. I’ve contained myself for so many hours in church that I feel like I’d be encouraging cancer by not getting those negative emotions out of my body.

As I cruise the blogs around the internet that are devoted to atheism and religion, even there I find quite the variety. Some are more philosophical and long, drawn-0ut “heady pieces” which for some reason I enjoy reading in print, but not so much online. I tend to like and get the most from shorter, punchier posts. I’m also lazy and don’t like to type that much, so I think shorter posts will likely be the norm here.

One thing though, is that when I started the blog, it was to release the steam that had built up with my midwest religious culture. Now that that’s starting to dissolve some, what to do? What direction to focus? I’m not one of those atheist blog writers that’s going to change the world; at least, that’s not what I’m going for at all, right now. I guess what I’m really interested in is having a place to 1) express what I’ve not expressed for years, and 2) have a place to bounce ideas off others. The few commenters that have stopped by have proven helpful, so I leave you with a “thank you” and hope to get more feedback.

Yeah! One Year Of Blogging

July 4, 2009

Just a quick one to say, it’s been a year and gone by fast. Although I don’t really have a whole lot of posts, a little over 1.3 a month on average, I definitely feel I’ve learned alot from writing here, and reading other atheists’ blogs as well. Although I’ve done more than many people who start out, write a post or two and just quit, I reckon it’s time to start being a more involved blogger, by writing more and longer pieces, and actually commenting on some of these blogs that have helped me learn in my journey “from religion and the midwest to freedom in San Francisco.” I’m sure that by communicating with others who have similar thoughts and concepts, I’ll only be motivated to push forward.

Looking forward, but for now, I’ve got a party to attend.

New Year, New Directions

January 8, 2009

I realize this post is pretty close to the last one, only like 10 days ago or so. One of the things I want to do more of this year is, well… write. By the end of this year, I hope to have transitioned from writing monthly posts to writing weekly posts. For now I’ll just keep reading the many wonderful atheist and skeptic blogs I’ve been on in the past months, continuing to link my favorites, but I do hope to get involved in some of the educational and entertaining conversations I see online.

I also hope to incorporate more of my extended thoughts, stuff from papers written for school.. things like that. I started this blog a few months ago with the only real goal being to keep it going rain or shine. Like I said before, perhaps the best thing about it so far is the practice of discipline. Keeping a blog, even if you only post once a month, lends well to discipline, and that’s always good – especially for those of us prone to procrastination!

My Thoughts On The Flying Spaghetti Monster

September 17, 2008

I remember I laughed really hard when I first heard of the “FSM.” Although theists whine about it, the argument itself is strong: we don’t believe in monsters made of spaghetti that can fly because the idea is absurd and there’s absolutely no evidence for it. Well, it follows that if there’s absolutely no evidence for God – the Bible doesn’t count as “evidence,” folks – then we shouldn’t believe in God, either. And this is coming from someone who went to church, who would say “yes mom, I understand the evidence for God” with a straight face. Although I really doubt my mother whom I love and adorn would a) ever find this blog and read it, let alone b) realize it was me writing it, I have to be honest here.

Point is, until believers can bring actual evidence to the table, at least even some theoretical stuff like scientists can bring for quarks, there is no reason to give theism any more credence than monsters made of spaghetti that can fly. Hear me now!

Getting The Hang Of This Atheism Thing

August 2, 2008

See, when I lived back home, I didn’t really have a worldview even though I was outwardly religious. For one, I was religious in the ways I was only because I had to be. I would basically nod in agreement (I know, it was conforming, and I shouldn’t have done it but I’m not now, so..) but still, the rest of the time, I lived and thought like my own person. My inner life was an atheist’s inner life, as I was free to explore whatever I wanted within the safety of my own mind. I can’t stress the importance of this in the deconverting process.

The last book I read was Dawkins’ The God Delusion, and I can even start to see how so many of the arguments that used to sound persuasive when I believed religion in the phony way I did are actually not that good of arguments. Eventually, I know I want to push further into philosophy and writing as I continue school here in San Francisco. For now, the blog will be mostly shorter posts, just sort of rants or ramblings, but I do intend to post what would be considered “more formal essays” as time goes along. From then, maybe the blog can get some commenters, but until then, I just need to practice the discipline of sitting down and writing.

About Me: Randall

July 4, 2008

Hi, I’m Godless Randall, which is not my real name, as we’re doing this whole blogging thing somewhat anon.  I intend to add to this as time goes on, but for the most part, here’s the story: I grew up a conservative upbringing in the midwest (somewhere in Illinois, that’s about all I’m gonna say here), going through the motions of church and conservatism with the family like the rest of us midwesterners. But school called, I won the argument with my parents, and wound up moving one fine day to the San Francisco Bay Area (Daly City to be exact) where I could attend the school of my own choosing and be whoever I wanted to be. That’s why the birthdate of this blog is significant: July 4th, Independence Day, 2008. I still talk to my parents and some of my family, and we’re on good terms, and we’ll get to that. It’s not that I’m hiding from them, I just don’t want to ruffle the feathers too much too fast. Although I haven’t lived here in California even two years, I love it, and wouldn’t trade what I’ve found in the short year and a half I’ve lived here for anything. I’ve met so many people. Been exposed to so many cultures. Tasted so many different foods. None of that is possible in “more of the same,” religious land that is the midwest.

There, we get burgers, brats and church. 

Anyways, welcome, adieu, etc. Feel free to comment. I’m pretty easygoing.