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SimonG's Avatar Jump to comment 6 by SimonG

I might be a bit late in on this but here are my 2 pence (im in uk so its in sterling im afriad!... i can change them into cents if you want!) Ive kinda been in a similar situation but i am now 25 and out the other side with my degree...

I would suggest looking at volunteering for something that is clearly non religious but shows you are a good person with morals..Not just for the 70 hours of community/parish work but like an evening a week, or saturday mornings, something (fairly) regular and something that you have clearly chosen to do of your own free will and not part of an organised programme. I have no idea what is local to you but i dare say there will be something like an animal shelter or rescue center nearby looking for dog walkers or volunteers to help out. Or some charity that is non religious and works with kids, or the disabled etc... its hard to guess but I imagine there would be something in your area of this sort? If your academics are good, maybe even consider tutoring? Helping out with say an animal shelter would hopefully be non religious would certainly show caring and morals, especially if you get in on fundraising and helping to re home animals etc.. I would certainly think that the likes of "helped re home over 20 unwanted or mistreated pets a week, helped with massive fundraising drives" etc or "helped a disabled student achieve their goal and pass their exams" would make a good impressions. Additionally you are actually working in a community and doing good directly, you could even make that part of your pitch... "rather than spending time on retreats etc, i felt it was better to go out and work with people directly and finish the day knowing id made a difference" or something to that effect... not to mention you may pick up some new skills and abilities, which you can throw into your pitch too! I would be careful in coming out as an atheist though, im guessing most of your peer group (friends) are about your age? suddenly being the odd one in the flock in your mid teens can be really upsetting and leave you singled out or even victimized and to be honest i think girls are more vicious about it than the boys. (personal experience, if anyone begs to differ then please feel free!) while i strongly support pushing catholocism and other religions back, i would advise you to keep your head down, at least until you reach college, there are plenty of people here and elsewhere online you can share your atheist feelings with in the meantime though!

Wed, 25 Jul 2012 14:55:32 UTC | #950059