Since wiley began blogging and asked her readers what blogging is all about, it got me to thinking about why I’m doing it. It didn’t take long to assemble a list:
1.) I get that sweet, sweet attention I so deeply deeply crave like a discerning hobo craves Grey Goose vodka.
3.) I enjoy interacting with my readers. Like, I actually do care about what you have to say. When I’m not admiring myself in the reflection of my monitor, I do enjoy learning about other people. Then it’s right back to my reflection!
5.) OK, feminism and atheism are two things that make up an essential chunk of who I am. I need to express that more. So here goes.
6.) Also, attention!
One of the things that irritates me about people of faith is that they sometimes express a desire to feel small. By “small” I mean, like, “Gosh, I’m just this tiny spec of sand on this tiny little planet in this unfathomably huge universe. In the end, I don’t matter that much at all.” It’s basically a desire to feel humbled. Don’t get me wrong, I think that desire is healthy and wonderful. It’s just that you have two paths to getting to that feeling, one that depends on the supernatural and one that depends on the natural. The way I do it is through simply opening my eyes. Looking my son, thinking about how incredibly complex and beautiful and ugly the human body is, looking at a flower (corny as that sounds…but, for real, how amazing are they?!), looking at how majestic and fearsome the big cats are. (Yes, I have thing for big cats.) Cherishing human accomplishment…great works of art, music that moves me, the Intertrons, FACEBOOK! OK, not that last one. But you get my point.
So I marvel at all these things. And if you’re really going through life with any sort of situational awareness, how can you not?
When I lived in Florida, sometimes I would sit on the beach by myself and just look at ocean…I’d feel like I was getting lost in it, and suddenly the vastness of it, of the world, of the universe would feel wonderfully overwhelming. My question is this: At what point does it become necessary to make the supernatural a part of this experience? And obviously my answer is that it’s not. It’s just NOT. As cheesy as this sounds, there are non-miracle miracles all around us.