Repost: originally written October 25, 2006
I have a pet peeve--okay really I have a million pet peeves (like people who exaggerate all the time), but one is bugging me today: People who say they don't "believe" in things that are real and tangible.
A client told one of my co-workers today he "doesn't believe in voicemail." You can't not believe in voicemail, it exists. It will exist whether you like it or not. You don't have to use it or agree with it is, but it is real. I also hate it when people say they don't believe in abortion. What? You don't think doctors perform abortions? That abortions are an urban legend created by politicians? Again, maybe you don't agree with abortion, maybe you do not believe it is morally right, but you do believe it exists don't you?
You can say you don't believe in ghosts or or heaven or hell. You can say you don't believe in reincarnation or pyschic powers or miracles or evolution (okay maybe this one is controversial--this is not about evolution vs. creationism), but you cannot say you don't believe in things that obviously exist.