Hmmm. I often click on WaPo front-page links that turn out to go to the "On Faith" page. As soon as I see that inside page, I reflexively decide I'm not going to read it! It's something about the way the front page of the Washington Post is journalistically black print on a plain white background, and then the "On Faith" page is various shades of blue. I've left the realm of reason and entered the squishy soft spot. All that blue — those words "On Faith" — those 2 smiling heads — it says: This is something for other people to read. This is some kind of specialized reading for people who want mainstream assistance in their earnest efforts to devote the appropriate amount of time to struggling gently with religion. I find that instantly off-putting.
So, you're on your own. Some atheists believe in God. Okay?
And speaking of my distaste for WaPo's "On Faith" aesthetic: I'm not buying cereal that is packaged like this:
Who is that supposed to appeal to? "Good Friends" cereal?
This high-fiber trio of flakes, twigs, and granola is absolutely delicious. For all the good things fiber does for you, it deserves to be loved.First of all. Twigs? Second. Fiber deserves to be loved? I don't want relationship neediness from breakfast food. And I don't like the way the paired up heads on the packaging symbolize the cereal's insistence on becoming my close friend. If you're going to foist happy breakfast faces on me, don't be earnest about it. At least have the decency to be surrealistic: