April 2, 2010

How to Promote Atheism With Almost No Effort

So you think atheism is worthwhile, do you? You'd like to see more people abandon religious delusion and embrace reality, huh? You'd even like to see atheism become the norm in your country, wouldn't you? Okay, prove it.

What if I told you that you could promote the central message of atheism (i.e., there probably aren't any gods) without having to leave your home? What if you could do it from where you are sitting right now, without having to spend a dime and with almost no effort whatsoever? This might sound too good to be true, but I don't think it is.

An Easy Way to Promote Atheism

Whenever you run across atheist-oriented content on the Internet that you like, submit it to Reddit, Flipboard, or whatever alternatives you prefer. Re-tweet it on Twitter, share it on Facebook, or promote it on whatever social media platform you prefer. The point is that we want to amplify good ideas (like atheism) so they will be encountered by more people. Simple, isn't it? But many of us are not even doing this incredibly simple thing on a regular basis.

Here's another way to look at it: I am not paying for most of the atheist content I enjoy each and every day on the Internet, so the least I can do is to promote it. Why is this important?

  • Promoting good atheist content helps the author by bringing more visitors to their site and may encourage them to create more of it.
  • Promoting good atheist content helps all of us by making it easier for us to find some of the best material on the web.
  • Promoting good atheist content helps atheism by showing advertisers that we are worth their attention.
  • Promoting good atheist content helps those who are just beginning to explore atheism.

To those of you who are reacting negatively because you think posts like this discourage people from taking more meaningful action by suggesting relatively trivial alternatives, I hear you. What I am suggesting in this post is not going to change the world or take the place of secular activism, but it is a start. And since many of us are not even doing what I describe here on a regular basis, this tells me that it is still a step in the right direction. Promoting atheism is a great way to spread reason, which is something we should be seeking to do every day.

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