In public debates, fundamentalist Christians and atheists, while having different opinions, can behave surprisingly similar. Both can be very dogmatic about their beliefs, and be very disrespectful and accusative towards people of the other standpoint. Cueball is blaming both parties for being annoying. Megan sarcastically remarks that Cueball then must feel superior to just about everyone.
The title text takes this one step further when Cueball realizes that Megan's reply is just as smugly superior as his. Such a superiority argument could go on ad infinitum. But by introducing an arbitrary stop rule "expires after one use per conversation", Megan tries to resolve this issue and superiorly wins the argument.
- [Cueball and Megan talking.]
- Cueball: Personally, I find atheists just as annoying as fundamentalist Christians.
- Megan: Well, the important thing is that you've found a way to feel superior to both.
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Atheists aren't annoying, they are just boring. Nobody likes a party pooper.
The sad truth is that there's nothing out there but the universe. Luckily, it's a magnificent one. 18.104.22.168 01:50, 24 January 2014 (UTC)
- There's some real irony in someone declaring that atheists are boring while also affirming itself as an atheist. Maybe it's just reluctant to claim the title? Some atheists choose to be called "agnostic" for that reason, even when they fit the bill. 22.214.171.124 08:07, 28 March 2015 (UTC)
- "it"? I don't know if I'm reading it wrong, but "it" is kind of dehumanizing. I suppose English might not be your first language, in which case: <-- that. Don't call people 'it' unless then specifically ask you to. Hppavilion1 (talk) 03:27, 10 April 2017 (UTC)
- Just as i read the word 'magnificent' the conclusion part of 'eclipse' (from dark side of the moon) started. Great timing :) --126.96.36.199 02:17, 11 February 2014 (UTC)
- How can you be sure that there aren't any other universes? Even if the only things that exist are matter, energy, and information, there still could be other universes that we haven't seen, and those would be real. Mulan15262 (talk) 14:12, 25 May 2014 (UTC)Mulan15262
- Not even Explain XKCD is immune to being dragged in to this little argument, but at least its taking a less hostile approach I suppose.
- I actually have a friend who was a devout Fundamentalist Christian, and then switched over to becoming a dedicated Fundamentalist Atheist. I find arguments about religion with him equally annoying regardless of which side he is/was on so I guess they're on to something...
188.8.131.52 08:39, 5 June 2014 (UTC)