Those of us who are atheists, we all came from somewhere. And it’s not such a reach to think that somewhere in our back trails, there are others who might appreciate a hand, in order to get where we got.
I grew up in Houston, Texas, went to a high school with shitkickers and country people. Good enough people, but also people mired in religion. I keep in touch with a few of them, and unfortunately, they’ve gotten MORE goddy rather than less, over the years.
I think one of the reasons might be just that they never had any option presented to them. If I could travel back in time and share with some of my fellow students the things I know now, or even just get them thinking about some of it so they could figure it out on their own … I would damned sure do it.
Not being a time traveler, maybe I can at least offer some of what I know to students today. Those kids at my old alma mater, maybe I can intervene in some small way to help make their future lives different from “same like always, indefinitely into the future.”
The thing is, of the young people to whom I’ve broached the subject of atheism over the years, more than half have been open to the idea. They’ve already been wondering about it. Some of them were already pretty much there, but hadn’t had anybody to talk to, to firm up their understanding.
So, being an alumnus of your particular high school or college … do you think it might be a good thing if you did at least one thing to see that a secular student group got started back there?
Why not think about who you might contact, or how you might make it happen?
And then, why not actually do it?
Because, after all, we’re all gonna live in the same future.