So we all had a bit of a snigger at the troll attempt of the guys over at Dr Dino. The blog post New Years Resolutions; For Atheists here was re-blogged, mentioned, linked to through heaps of tweets and as a result got a large number of views. All for something that wasn't all that witty or interesting anyway.
So why do we even bother with that junk? Here six much more legitimate new years resolutions;
1. Subscribe to some interesting YouTube Channels
Two of my favorites are;
Potholer54 - A science writer who debunks some of the most awful science on youtube. His work is interesting, funny and accurate. He goes to great lengths to source everything! Right now he is compiling video's for the 2012 Golden Crocoduck Awards. An annual prize for the creation scientist who most spectacularly breaks the ninth commandment.
The Atheist Experience - A brilliant talk back public access program comming to you from Texas. These guys engage on their show with theists and atheists alike. It has heaps of variety, which makes it very interesting to watch.
2. Be more healthy
I am not saying that it should be a huge change. Being 'thin' shouldn't be you're goal. Increasing your fitness, sleeping better, feeling healthy is the way you want to go. Make small changes and stick with them. Choose healthier options and take up a fun and interesting sport. Find healthier ways to reward yourself.
3. Join or form an atheist/free thought organisation
Take advantage of whats on offer, attend debates, talks, gatherings and make new friends. Nothing in your area? Put an add in a pertinent newspaper/website and see if there is any interest in forming a local group.
4. Be more involved in your local community
This might not mean exclusively that you should 'jump on the community bandwagon' by attending to and thinking about all the good things that are happening in your area. Being involved in your community might mean trying to change something for the better. Is there too much alcohol related violence? Is there a drug problem? Homelessness? Are there adequate opportunities for young people? Is Government funding ending up in the right places?
5. Do some selfless good
Volunteer, give to charity, give blood. Do some good deeds without the expectation of recognition or reward. You will be surprised at what you will learn, how happy you will feel and who will actually take the time to help you in return. Help break the silly misconception that people of non religion are less moral than those who submit to a higher power.
6. Debunk some crazy creationist theory
Take your brain for a little walk. Research the real science behind something that a creationist has said or written. Post it in the comments section, make a video, post on a blog or even tweet it. Let these people know that it simply isn't OK to make stuff up because they feel God condones them in their quest to feed people misinformation.
New Years resolutions seem a tired pastime. They often come across as ultimately ineffective and a waste of thought power. Has anyone actually had a new years resolution come to bear fruit?