Much of the high rate of posts on this blog come from a place of wondering what direction to take. I probably contradicted myself often. This weekend, as I was doing a couple of thesis corrections before final publication (highly depressing to make minor corrections to something that seems majorly weak), and as I was making some food and pondering the direction my life is to take in the following months, I’m settling on a new focus. While I remain keen on education (including science and critical thinking), I still had a big headache on how directly I was prepared to let this clash with particular kinds of religious doctrines. It seems that headache has been removed from its pedestal, and has become one of the “side issues”.
I’m leaning increasingly towards more of a humanist focus, at least in my mind. Whether this will spill over into blog posts, I don’t know, but having a positive focus will help me avoid being dragged down by headaches in the future. The current queue of post ideas will likely still be written and published without too many adjustments, but hopefully the effects of my new (personal) focus will have a positive impact on the writing. I intend to emphasize compassion and parallels between diverse traditions, in an attempt to bring attention to the fact the we are all really in the same boat*, even if we don’t always realise it. Maybe I could focus on helping develop a “post-church spirituality”, to employ what might be one of the South African blogosphere’s buzzwords. (If you’re not sure what “spirituality” is yet: think a sense of “reverence”, a feeling of wonder at existence, an appreciation, or something along those lines.)
I’m also eager to drop a few twigs into the cogs of the New Atheist Publicity Machine. (Sweet: I replaced the propaganda word, “propaganda”. I’m still not quite happy with the phrase, but I’m too lazy to find a better edit. Suggestions?) I have been avoiding pushing twigs in that direction while I was contemplating mutually exclusive directions this blog could take. (Yes, twigs in gears are picky, the stuff I’d done in the past was rather something like haphazard and meaningless stone throwing. 😉 ) It’s great that the average level of humanity’s consciousness is being raised, but I’d like to see if I can add my two cents in aid of raising the level of the “new atheists'” consciousness as well, still believing that encouraging compassion and mutual understanding all around can only be beneficial. (As long as you don’t get paralysed by compassion, naturally. Fat chance of that happening though.) Oh, and those are South African cents, I’m trying to destroy any remaining delusions of grandeur here. This’ll return to being “my personal little blog”.
Facebook people: I’m still curious if there’s any yay’s or nay’s when it comes to the question of whether I should continue importing my blog into Facebook notes. Any feedback on that, anyone?
*I wonder if Kevin is still around. Was he able to hold on through the rough roller-coaster ride that I experienced the last few months to be?