Did I ever tell you guys the story about the Jehovah's witness who turned up on my doorstep, tried to convert me and ended up deconverting afterwards?
My proudest atheism-related achievement to date, bar joining this site and becoming one
That was a good day.
I dunno... If you did, I think I might have missed it. Do you have a link? I love those stories. Deconverted a few myself. Some of those guys, it's pitifully easy. You throw out one of the most basic quandries from atheism 101, like, "Noah's Ark? Really?" and then point out a few of the plotholes, and they come back with "Wow. You know, I never really thought of it like that."
Like, REALLY? You REALLY never stopped to ask yourself how a 200 year old man or whatever built a wooden boat by hand that carried umpteen million species of animals on it for 40 days? Never stopped to think of where all the poop went? Where they kept the bacteria and viruses? How they made sure none of the legless lizards got mixed up with the 2,700 different species of snakes? Never occured to you to, you know, think about this stuff?
Those ones don't give much satisfaction though. I don't get karma cookies for introducing semi-retards to basic lines of critical thought. Now converting an intellectual theist who's already asked the questions and fortified themselves with answers chock full of bullshit... THAT's a challenge. Those are the fun ones - they earn their cup of coffee lol. Untangling the spiderwebs from their thought process one at a time, over the course of weeks or months, and actually seeing how doubt begins to creep in, followed by real honest-to-goodness analyzation and application of reason, all on their own...
It's a beautiful thing to see. Kinda like the first glimpse of chrome when you wipe the dust off a classic car that's been sitting in the garage for too long. Or the first rays of sunlight that start eeking through when you clean a window that's been covered with filth for decades.
I still want to deconvert a preacher. That'd be the bee's knees. Who knows, I might have... I've had some pretty successful conversations with preachers, but I never got to follow up with most of them. I did confirm that one of them ultimately left the church and started some kind of warehousing business... But it was like 6 months after our conversation so I can't take credit for sure.
Still, I kinda like to think I helped water the seeds of doubt there.
Anyway, yeah, if you have a link to your story, I'd be entertained reading it!
Anger is pointless.
It accomplished nothing other than causing stress to the angry and the target.
As such there cannot be a just reason for it.
I very much disagree. "Anger is a Gift" to quote one of the greatest Emcees in history.
Anger is definitely one of the most useful of the "bad" emotions. Assuming of course that it's channelled decently and isn't some sort of reckless freak-out type of anger. Anger is empowering. It inspires action, passion, the release of it is therapeutic and can be blissfully satisfying. It can keep you focused, it can strengthen your resolve, it can illicit responses in people that nothing else can. It's an emotion that can make you stronger.
Good example - Don't know about anyone else, but I've had a couple bad break-ups in the past... And without fail, it is always 100 times easier to deal with a bad breakup if you're angry or left hating the person rather than feeling depressed, betrayed, helpless, abandoned, or whatever. Pining for the Fjords can haunt you until the day you die if you let it. But if you can turn that bad juice into anger, you can easily put it behind you in a week or two.
That's my experience, anyway. But yeah, what I'm saying is, at least for me, anger has always been a very helpful emotion in my life. I owe it quite a bit, actually lol.
I guess that makes me weird, huh?