My New Darwin Fish

Posted by on August 6, 2009 in Atheism, Uncategorized | 1 comment

I’m a sucker for car decorations.

I used to have a science fish, and sushi fish, and a bumper sticker that says “It’s ok to NOT believe.” Lately the science fish was looking worn and broken (due to an accident, not vandalism), and I was just tired of the sushi fish. So I took them off.

For a few days I enjoyed the look of an emblem free car (besides my CFI and Darwin fish window stickers which are barely visible), but I can’t seem to resist putting something there. I thought a while about it–after all my previous emblems did make me think twice before driving co-workers out to lunch or something of that sort. It’s not the sort of thing I normally bring up at work.

I’m still a bit shy about proclaiming my atheism out in public around people I don’t know. I mean, the day of the Churchless Picnic with my Atheist Meetup I stopped by the store to pick up a few things for the picnic. My gregarious cashier asked about the picnic and how it must be a big one and who was it with and I mentioned something about it being with a “social group.” I mean, you just never know how the average-person-on-the-street is going to react if you tell them you’re an atheist or going to an atheist picnic. I just wanted to get my stuff and get on my way, not be stared at with incomprehension or asked to explain why I don’t believe in God. Or worse, to have the person get embarrassed and sorry that they made me reveal such a thing. Of course, the revelation may not faze them at all, or they may agree with me, but most of the time I’d rather not take the chance.

I’m not ¬†quite so concerned about how drivers behind me in traffic will react.

Anyway, now I have a shiny new Darwin fish and a bumper sticker (one that I bought some time ago but didn’t use) that has John Lennon on it along with the words “You may say I’m a dreamer but I’m not the only one.”

I think it’s a nice combination.

1 Comment

  1. Hey, nice little story. I like the way you explain your position and I feel very similar. I am not a believer but not totally out as an atheist except to some good friends w/ similar opinions. And I run a business that probably has clients that would look for someone else to do business with if they knew the whole story. I love Dawkins and strive to be more open like he is whenever I can.

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