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 atheist meme (i.e., there probably aren't any gods) without even 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?

Whenever you run across atheist-oriented content on the Internet that you like, give it a thumbs up in StumbleUpon, submit it to Reddit, re-tweet it in Twitter, or promote it in whatever way you usually promote content you like. Simple, isn't it? But many of us are not even doing this on a regular basis.

Here's how I look at it: I am not paying for most of the stellar 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 of the content by bringing more visitors to his/her page.
  • 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 the atheist meme by showing advertisers that we are worth their attention.
  • Promoting good atheist content helps those 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 is not going to change the world, but it is a start. And since many people are not even doing what I describe here, this tells me that it is still a step in the right direction.

Photo credit: Weezie’s Birthday Ballooning (Richard Giles) / CC BY-SA 2.0