I’ve decided to start a new category of posts here at Spanish Inquisitor, in an attempt to be a little truer to the second half of my moniker. I’ve already disclosed that the first half has absolutely no bearing on my heritage, having not a shred of the Hispanic in me whatsoever. A little inquisition is good for the soul, if you believe in souls, and even if you don’t, it’s good for this blog. So, rather than having you suffer through more of my blather about matters that strike my fancy, I’ll turn the attention on
both of you who read this blog. I could have done this from the beginning, when I first initiated this blog, but back then I had no readers, so the comments sections would have looked forlorn and empty, leading to further depression and thoughts of suicide on the part of yours truly, and perhaps even an abrupt termination of the blog. Now that I know there are people out there who might actually respond (is the guilt trip working?) I’m hopeful to engender a lively discussion. So, on with the question.
What kind of Atheist are you?
That’s a fairly general question, and I’ll be happy with a general answer, but allow me to give you a little insight into what caused me to ask the question. I was reading Ebonmuse’s recent post entitled “Living the Humanist Life“, in which he gives his personal advice of nine suggestions for doing so. One of them was volunteering, getting involved with outside activities, community outreach, etc. The point was to get out, don’t be so introspective, actually engage with your fellow man. Social interaction makes for a better person and a better humanist.
I’m an atheist and a humanist, and my job requires a certain amount (OK, a lot) of social interaction, but not as an atheist, as opposed to simply a human being who is also a lawyer. I interact with other atheists primarily over the internet. I don’t belong to any atheist or humanist organizations, and I specifically know of few people locally who actually are atheists. For all practical purposes, I’m a closet atheist.
Do you atheize (I just made that word up) primarily to yourself, or are you a joiner? Do you socially interact as an atheist, or is your atheism simply incidental to your everyday life? Are you outspoken about your lack of belief, or do you keep it to yourself unless directly asked.
In short, are you an extroverted or introverted atheist?
When answering, please feel free to make use of spreadsheets, diagrams and the overhead projector. Lurkers are welcome, in fact are encouraged to respond.