Tuesday conversation: what would you do?

There are some days when I miss performing.  I’m the type of performer who doesn’t need an audience (though, like all performers, I can certainly appreciate one).  I just like being with a cast and creating a role, and falling into that character.  I always considered myself an actor who sang, not the other way around.

Were I not doing the work I presently am, if religion weren’t such a problem, that is undoubtedly what I’d do.  I’d get a job delivering pizzas for the extra money, and find repertory roles or try to be a less-talented Shelley Segal.

Performing, for me, whether it’s taking on a role or just singing a song, is what it means to really put yourself in someone else’s shoes.  For me, it gives me perspective like few other things can.  It’s like playing pretend, but with just enough reality to matter.  And once you find a way to make a role sincere to yourself, I always found that the audience would be moved right along with you.

I miss that a lot.

So what would you do?  If you’re an activist who spends a fair amount of time opposing unreason in the world, what would you do if suddenly religion dried up and evaporated?  If you’re not doing what you always wanted, what would you do if you could?  What moves you?  What gives your life meaning in the absence of god?

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About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.