Just before I went on holidays I got embroiled in a forum debate on religion. Actually, more on evolution. It´s an argument I know is pointless when you´re up against a hardline believer, but damned if I can put it down once it´s started. This guy was also arrogant enough to try and take me on biology and, although I´m no longer an actively researching scientist, I still have over a decade of education behind me on that subject and the know-how and tools to discover and analyse the current state of whatever field you wish me to discuss.
A couple of people told me not to bother. I know why. I see I´ll never change this particular person´s mind. Hopefully though someone not so gung-ho will listen, think and learn rather than flatly, thoughtlessly deny. I live with the view that education is better than no education and that learning to see the world is better than keeping yourself blinkered. Call me naive.
So I keep getting involved in these discussions and usually manage to stay rather polite. Kinda tough, because it generally makes my blood boil. Friends and family know how livid I can get when certain topics (religion, women´s rights, Australian immigration and US politics are usually a good place to start) are reached, and usually tell me to calm down.
Today Greta Christina posted about anger and atheism, about why calming down and losing your anger is NOT a good thing. I agree with her. I´m keeping my anger. Maybe with it I can help change the world, even if only a little bit.