I am surrounded by family, but feel like I'm all alone anyway. With the exception of my dad and myself, none of the rest of my family votes. They are not politically active at all. They support no causes, they do not stand up for their rights. I have put a link on my Facebook page with petitions for supporting the repeal of both DADT and DOMA and supporting the American Traveler Dignity Act, with messages on both that say "Please sign the petition and stand up for yourself and everyone else!" It has been at least a week and although I see everybody signing in daily, nobody has even 'liked' my posts, much less responded by signing the petitions. Even though quite a few of them bitch bitterly about the state of affairs (they don't like the TSA procedures either), they won't lift a finger to change any of it. I don't understand why they don't care.
With the exception of my dad and myself, all of my family believes in God. Everybody else commonly says stupid shit like, "I am thankful that God has seen fit to provide me the means to take care of my family." OR "I am grateful that my guardian angel is looking after me." It seems that the two most heinous dangers to society - politics and religion - mean nothing to them whilst those issues mean a lot to me. If it wasn't for my dad and websites like these, I'd be beside myself. However, my dad doesn't live in the same state as I do, and I don't exactly grab a cup of coffee with anyone from Think Atheist or the YouTube atheist community.
So I am wondering... are there others in the same boat as I am? What do you do about it? How do you go about feeling less alone? How do you make real life connections with like-minded people? Or, do you just continue to keep those relationships superficial and online? (sigh) Thanks in advance for any advice.