The Diary Of My Mind

A few things about me…

  1. I hate driving. Driving is something that I do to get to work, doctor appointments, and the store, but I hate it. Driving causes me a great deal of anxiety, there is just too much going on around me to be calm. In the back of my mind I am always fearful of getting into a wreck or breaking down on the side of the road.
  2. I hate brushing my teeth. Just the feeling of the bristles going through my mouth gives me the chills. I do brush my teet but wouldn’t if I could get away with not doing it…
  3. I hate Velcro. Just the thought of the sound made when someone pulls apart velcro freaks me out. This was bad when I was a kid who couldn’t tie his own shoes until he was 8. 
  4. I hate having anything on the back of my hands or neck. This is especially true with sticky or oily substances. It freaks me out and I instantly have to stop whatever I am doing and go wash up. 
  5. I hate sunny days. The light is too bright and it gives me an awful headache. So when everyone else is happy about the clear sky, I’m trying to figure out how to work underground for the day.
  6. I love thunderstorms. Nothing on earth is better than listening to a loud thunderstorm as I drift off to sleep. I even slept through a tornado that tore through our backyard once. Storms calm me down incredibly well.
  7. I love anything to do with history, especially the Pre-WWI. I love learning about the napolianic wars, the Vikings, the mayans and aztecs, etc…I also hold a very special place in my heart for pre-history as well.
  8. I love Star Trek. With Spock being my favorite character of all time. I associate a lot with Spock and remember wishing as a child that the vulcans would return and take me home with them. Everyone around me seemed to exist in such an illogical fashion that the vulcans were the only ones possible of being my true family.
  9. I love zombie films. This is my absolute favorite genre of film and I’ve seen about 90% of the zombie films in existence, The original dawn of the dead is my absolute favorite. I think part of my love for these films stems from the idea that the whole world was out to get me as a child. So in my mind, zombies are society and the survivors are those who dare love outside of societies rules. Anyway, I love this genre of movie!
  10. I love Oscar Wilde plays. He does such a great job of pointing out the absurdities of “normal” life and makes fun of it all. I wonder if Wilde was an aspergian? It would explain a whole lot.
  11. I have a love/hate relationship with music. Sometimes I love music and it can calm me, other times it does nothing but overwhelm me and I can’t stand it.
  12. I have a love/hate relationship with friendships. I want friends but I can’t stand having them. Friends are exhausting to me. Always wanting to invite me places, ask me for stuff, and pop in with little warning. This kind of stuff drives me crazy and I really don’t think there is an answer to this issue.
  13. I have a love/hate relationship with deodorant. I wear it, but at the same time I am highly sensitive to fragrance. I’ve actually had my armpits crack and bleed due to using the wrong deoderant. Even now I am likely to forget it at least once per week. It’s annoying!
  14. I have a love/hate relationship with politics. I am absolutely excellent at picking out winners and losers in political campaigns. I knew Donald Trump would win the day he announced. I’ve never supported him but I took a lot of flak and was insulted pretty bad by those on the right who said it was a joke and that there wasn’t a chance he’d win the election, let alone be the nominee. Still waiting on those apologies guys…
  15. I have a love/hate relationship with Ketchup. I love ketchup on French fries, and that’s it. I hate the taste of ketchup in anything else. Just seeing someone dip something in ketchup, outside of French fries, makes me physically ill. It’s weird, but that’s me.

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Something Different Saturdays

Something Different Saturday #7: Uninformed Opinions

For last weeks Something Different Saturday: Sex, click here.

So today I want to touch on a topic that is really annoying to me. It’s people who read the headline of an article or blog and then come to their own conclusions of what the blog is actually about. Nearly every day I have to explain to someone, that this blog is written from the mindset of a former theist and is not pro-theism.

For example: I write an article called Satanic Sunday, which is about something that I was either taught was Satanic as a child or I knew someone who believed that thing was Satanic. The post satirized these beliefs showing how asinine those beliefs were. However, ever single week I have someone attack me for promoting the idea that these things are satanic.

The name of the blog is An Atheist in Iowa, the url is theiowaatheist.blog. How on earth do people come to the conclusion that this blog is promoting Christianity? FUCK! The only thing that I can come up with, is like said before, they read the title to the blog and not the article itself. This has become such a pain in my ass that I nearly stopped blogging about atheism and completely converted this to simply a blog about my life, autism, and simply things I find interesting.

So what do these folks do, once I point out that it is obvious they haven’t actually read my blog? They open it, skim it quickly and find some sentence that seems to give credence to their stance. For example, my blog about the belief that Atheists are Satanic contained a bold headline, “All Homosexuals are Atheist and all Atheists are Homosexuals,” someone took that line and said that I was promoting the idea that atheism equates to homosexuality. If you actually read the blog you would see that this portion dealt with people who had promoted this idea and my utter rejection of the notion.

I write my blog to provide information, entertainment, and as an outlet for me. Writing calms me down, but being forced to constantly defend myself from people who are far too lazy to take a couple of minutes and actually read the article makes the writing far less therapeutic for me.

I guess it’s quite common for people to do this. The idea is completely foreign to me. I would never give an opinion on something that I don’t know something about. I see this in every day conversations when someone will say something like, “I’ll tell ya’ll wut we do wit this middle eastern crisis….wut you just gotta do is dis…” and then it is obvious they have no idea what the crisis is about and probably have no clue where the middle east even is.

Uninformed opinions run rampant in society, hell our president is one big uninformed opinion. The problem is, they lead to absolutely nothing constructive and are nothing more than mental masturbation. An uninformed opinion is equitable in my mind to the term “thoughts and prayers,” it does nothing but make the person stating it feel smart and superior for a few moments. It is entirely self-serving and more annoying to anyone who actually has an informed opinion about a topic.

No this article is not about criticism. If you feel like I haven’t touched on a topic well enough or you feel that maybe I got something wrong. let me know. Countless times I have made edits due to something that I said which was misunderstood or wrong. I am open to learning and expanding my knowledge always, but if you want to state an opinion without actually reading…go fuck yourselves….