Ninny wrote:I see Jaywhat has changed his avatar to a cat with a Hitler moustache.
Not for long, but I do not wish to discuss it here.
You see jaywhat, this avatar is you and however much you love Dora, you do not want her image representing yourself and the things you say. You must be responsible yourself; to yourself, for yourself. This means you are prepared to stand up to be counted; to say 'yes. I said that and I meant it' - or, occasionally, 'yes I said that and I was wrong and I am sorry. You cannot blame your cat for anything you say or do.
It is possible that I am putting too much stress on the meaning of my avatar; possible that I am imbuing the thing with some sort of psychic power; some sort of meaning that is not compatible with my true humanist/atheist feelings and/or beliefs.
Of course there will be people who jump in and say an atheist cannot have beliefs and an avatar is not something that an atheist should hold as important - but I shall ignore all that because this is the thread I invented for me (or anyone) to talk to oneself. This means that what you say is no-one else's business and they have no right to make any response to it. Making any comment to another person who is talking to themselves is most illogical, and in some respects quite ill mannered.