Anonymous said: I don't think you have much to worry about with your art. It's actually some of the best art I've seen (and I've seen a lot) I just think you're being overcritical about your art because you've had such a long break away from it. The same thing happened when I lost my voice for about a month, when I could sing again I thought I sounded like crap but everyone kept saying that I sounded amazing. Anyway take it from me your art skills haven't suffered from your break.
Well gosh! Thank you ever so much. I was also well chuffed to find that picture on EQD earlier. It’s been a fair while since that happened.
I do intend to keep it up, squeezed in around two jobs and another move… and Borderlands 2 of course.
You don’t believe in fairies? D:
I just killed one, didn’t I? :/
Pft that kind of thinking is a myth. But I’ll have you know, I’m a fairy in REAL LIFE.
You know what they say about extraordinary claims? They say: pics or it didn’t happen! Or something to that effect.
I was reading an article today about an Amish community in New York refusing to accept a court order on smoke alarms, and taking the case up to a federal religious freedom court. When a journalist asked one of the Amish men what he would think if he did not wake up during a fire and his children were burned to death, he replied: "If God does not wake us, well, that must be part of his plan."
It’s a relatively tame case as these things go, and all too often children actually die because of their parents’ religious “freedoms” - such as the right to not accept medical care, or the right to beat children with plumbing equipment. Regardless of actual or hypothetical harm, the attitude that many religious parents have towards their children’s safety, health and mental well being is shocking.
As I see it, this same issue extends to education, with many parent’s declaring the “right” to decide what their children are taught in schools. Out of the situations I know a little bit about, I’m thinking mainly about creationism the US, but this is also a problem with curriculum-free religion classes in UK faith schools and the religious biasing in the Polish school system. (Though I personally feel this way about any indoctrination of children.)
So here’s a simple solution for those parents who feel that they have these kinds of rights:
You are free to believe whatever ridiculous fairy tale you want, but like all liberties we enjoy, those freedoms stop when the well being of other people is put at risk, including (and this should really go without saying) children under the age of consent.
You do not own your child, your god does not own your child. When it comes to the health, safety and education of your child, you do not have rights, you have responsibilities. Please act like it.
For one, atheism in a sense is just a religion of its own. And two, as many as there are people there are varietys of followers, not just a cut of angry / calm.
I feel like I should really correct the misconception here. Atheism is not a religion. Not even “in a sense”. It is not even a belief system or a world view. It’s simply a null-hypothesis, meaning “without god”. The word says nothing about a person except that they don’t accept theism.
If it were not for the popularity of theism, there wouldn’t be a name for it, just as there isn’t a word for not believing in an undetectable teapot orbiting the sun between Earth and Mars. The list of things I don’t believe in is huge, but in the same way that my nonbelief in fairies is not a religion, neither is atheism a religion.
So leading on from that, you are of course right that atheists are not defined by any trait (though they are not “followers” of atheism) and are extremely diverse in their opinions. But that doesn’t change the fact that many people who are identifying as atheists are unhappy with the status quo and would like to see things change. There are a lot of things to be angry about, and justifiably so.