Loyal readers – all 150 of you – I’m changing my name.
For a long time, I thought I’d be loyal to this name forever. But now I have some things to say that I think are going to be controversial and could make my employers angry if they found out I was saying them. Call me paranoid, but the name I have been using is just one step too close to my real name for me to feel comfortable with it. I just don’t want to be bound to considering whether my comments on matters like union, income inequality, and feminist issues go a little bit too far for some people to be comfortable.
I don’t want to support the comfort of people who are bolstering inequity in society . . . but I also would like awfully to be able to purchase groceries.
On top of that, I’ve found that this blog tends to lack a unifying theme, which is something I’ve been giving a lot of thought. I don’t feel comfortable identifying with the atheist label I once had, but I’m not sure what I could use to replace it that reflects my many different identities and concerns. I began thinking about what it means to be agnostic, and how it goes deeper than just saying “I don’t know” – what it says about me, what its implications are for how I live my life, and why I prefer it to ‘atheist’ as a label even though I still don’t believe in a deity.
All the best,
Sara Lin Wilde
a.k.a. Incredible Sal