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Every time I see this ad, I think not of a lonely atheist stuck in a town of dumb believers, but of a lonely atheist stuck in a godless universe – someone who longs to be told they’re not alone in a somewhat larger sense. I mean, look at her.  She doesn’t look frustrated because she’s the one smart cookie in a jar full of nuts. She looks like she’s carrying existential dread in her heart and bones.

Comments

  1. The truth always seems to seep through. Thanks Matthew.

  2. Next step is a meeting at a nearby Starbucks. Then, if you’re lucky, happy hour, with maybe a glass of wine and some food. Then it’s a club, with some sort of mission statement, a charitable enterprise or two, and maybe a few guidelines. Then the irony begins to sink in, which you do your best to ignore. Then, unfortunately, somebody gets sick and dies, and maybe you start to think, Man, it’s hard work starting from scratch like this. But one thing is still pretty clear: God couldn’t possibly exist.

  3. I want atheism to be true and am made uneasy by the fact that some of the most intelligent and well-informed people I know are religious believers. It isn’t just that I don’t believe in God and, naturally, hope that I’m right in my belief. It’s that I hope there is no God! I don’t want there to be a God; I don’t want the universe to be like that.

    • Matthew Lickona says

      That’s fine, Thomas, but you gotta admit, that’s not the attitude expressed in the face of the girl in the ad there.

  4. I was responding to Mr. Finnegan. I don’t like irony any more than religion. How his picture showed up next to my name is beyond me. Just one more example of injustice in a Godless universe. Poetic injustice.

  5. Angelico Nguyen, Esq., OP says

    It’s all a joke! Everything anybody ever valued or struggled for… it’s all a monstrous, demented gag!

    So why can’t you see the funny side?

    Why aren’t you laughing?

    –The Joker (Alan Moore, Batman: The Killing Joke)

  6. Mel-not that Mel says

    Kinda makes me think, what’s going through the guys head who writes this ad? Like those ads for Quizno’s…the ones with the strange rat like animal screaming at you about sub sandwiches? No, sorry just no, that does NOT make me want one….
    I agree with Matt. This makes Atheism look like a sad and lonely, lonely place….hey Atheism Ad-guy, Epic Fail.

  7. Jonathan Potter says

    The girl in the ad looks to me like she’s plugging her ears, too.

  8. notrelatedtoted says

    She is sad because of the all the hateful religious oppression bearing down on her.

  9. Yesterday I saw a live Parisian reading Nietzche on the Metro. We both had scarves and hipster glasses but my scarf was from Target and hers was woven of ennui.

  10. Unrelated comment alert!!!

    Okay, this wasn’t a good movie by any gauge, but man did I laugh at this scene:

  11. Looks like most of my students mid-lecture.

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