A direct message from Daves not home
I can only imagine that you're becoming increasingly inundated with mail of all kinds, from criticism and hate to props and suggestions of how to make this better. So I'm somewhat reluctant to put my note onto the "suggestion pile" but I have so many "atheist ambitions" that I feel I must say something.
A thought that has continually plagued me since leaving "the faith" is that as a group, we have a difficult time finding a representative place where we can direct our intent to do something positive or good. Know what I mean? There was a time when I could just call the preacher and suggest that we might have an opportunity to something for some homeless guys under the bridge and that suggestion could usually be turned into action rather quickly.
Now I find myself at a point where I see unexplored opportunity but I have nowhere to turn for support. I recently saw a documentary, FLOW, about water shortages in developing countries and I wished I could go there and help.
A few days ago I saw the Diane Sawyer special on the children of the Appalachians and again, I wanted to do something, I wanted to go there and lend whatever skill or muscle that I have. But the last thing I wanted was to go with a religious group, even though they seem to be the first ones to respond. There should be an opportunity for us as a group to make a difference in parts of the world where we are needed. Generally, Atheist are better educated and of higher intelligence (me being an exception) than the average American so you would thing they would have more to offer.
Anyway, I would like to know your thoughts and the thoughts of some of the other members as well.
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I think this is an important issue to discuss. Dave brings up a good point. I am willing to do what ever it takes, site wise. I would love to hear your input on this matter.