March 22, 2012

Did you get a card from me at the Reason Rally? If so, stop everything and read this NOW.

Dear DD Card Holder,

You’ll likely notice that this is but my third blog entry. What’s GREAT about that is you have been given the EXCLUSIVE opportunity to get in on the ground-floor of this REVOLUTIONARY blog by Disillusioned Drew. For just 3 easy payments of $19.99, and your firstborn child (om nom nom), your DD Membership grants you FULL ACCESS to MIND-BLOWING posts that will include compelling topics such as:

Reviews of podcasts on atheism, skepticism, coming out of religion, science, and psychology. I am a podcast (or as Jake Farr-Wharton of The Imaginary Friends Show pronounces it in his super-sexy Aussie accent “pode-castes”) junkie. I plan to do ongoing blog posts about the podcasts I love in general (and why) and also reviews/reflection on specific episodes.

Recovering from Religion. I am crazy-passionate about what this organization is doing and where it is heading. I myself have only been to one grassroots RR Meetup in Chicago thus far (and had a great time), so most of what I know about Recovering from Religion comes from hearing Dr. Darrel Ray, Jerry DeWitt, and Sarah Morehead on the podcast circuit (especially on their official podcast, Living After Faith, hosted by the insanely-awesome-power-couple, Rich and Deanna Joy Lyons). Expect effusive posts and mentions about what RR is up to. This organization is crucial for those coming out of religion like me.

Psychology. I am fasc-eeeee-nated with why we humans think and behave the way we do. SHHH...can I tell you a secret? I hope to one day have a degree in psychology and be able to integrate my profession with the atheist/skeptic/humanist movement to help others (I have several undergrad classes in psych under my belt, but I have a long way to go to get that Master's). I hope to follow in the footsteps of Dr. Marlene Winell, Dr. Valerie Tarico, and others that I have not yet discovered who share a passion to help those who are suffering from "Indoctrination Disorientation Syndrome" (trademark, Disillusioned Drew). Oooo ooo… my SUPER-secret dream would be to have a call-in podcast show with several hosts (including yours truly) where people who are transitioning out of religion could call in and we could help walk them through it. Think of The Atheist Experience but with counseling instead of Matt Dillahunty ranting (though I do love his -- and all of the TAE Team's -- rants). That would be HEAVEN for me. (“Heaven” in this life through doing what you love? What a concept!) Oh wait, but I’m godless so I must be selfish and not care about others, because there couldn’t possibly be any evolutionary reason to look out for each other. Which leads me to my next interest…

Science! Who doesn’t have crush on Neil deGrasse Tyson? Even you straight fellas (don’t deny). No, but really I’m interested in science for much less shallow reasons, one of which is that I am somewhat scientifically illiterate. Why, you ask? Because I went to fundamentalist Christian schools through high school; Schools that treated evolution like a four-letter word. Because I remember numerous times throughout my childhood when my parents would discuss at the dinner table how EVIL public schools were for teaching said evolution. With these kinds of attitudes being beat into me, it’s no wonder I know so little. In my early 20s I would change the channel if a science program mentioned (as most would, of course) evolution or the age of the universe. I was STRONGLY INDOCTRINATED to shut out information that conflicted with the young earth, Adam and Eve, talking snake (insert HI-LAR-I-OUS t-shirt link here) stories that had been drilled into me. BOTTOM LINE: I am voraciously trying to make up for lost time... which is fine because I love to learn and I never EVER want to stop learning.

Learning. If you get to a point in your life where you say to yourself, “Well, I think I’ve got it all figured out. Yup. Nothing else to know here,” I feel sorry for you. Not that people are necessarily this extreme, but I have crossed paths with many people who essentially live their lives in a way that reflects this attitude. And that’s their prerogative, but that’s not for me. I question and dig and analyze and read and think about and mull things over. It challenges me and I like it. This INSATIABLE CURIOSITY is likely one of the main reasons I finally snapped out of my religious daze. (I'll do a blog post at some point about how I unexpectedly stumbled right out of faith. I certainly wasn't looking to become an atheist, but I just started thinking about certain things a little too hard. Oopsies.)

So, don’t delay, folks! If your last name begins with A-M, add me to your RSS feed today. If it begins with N-Z, you can begin adding me tomorrow.


p.s. I will post soon about my experience at the Reason Rally which I still cannot believe I’m going to be part of in 2 DAYS when just a little over a year ago I was a devout Christian. Crazy but AWESOME!!!

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