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“In This Moment I am Euphoric” is a quote written by Redditor Aalewis in January of 2013, which became widely mocked as a cringeworthy example of self-important teenage atheist attitudes.
On January 4th, 2013, Redditor Aalewis submitted a post to the /r/atheism subreddit, which included a quote about his personal experience of being an atheist:
“Just to be clear, I’m not a professional ‘quote maker’. I’m just an atheist teenager who greatly values his intelligence and scientific fact over any silly fiction book written 3,500 years ago. This being said, I am open to any and all criticism.
‘In this moment, I am euphoric. Not because of any phony god’s blessing. But because, I am enlightened by my intelligence.’"
Prior to being archived, the post received over 2,900 down votes, 1,190 up votes and 900 comments.
The same day, Redditor balderslash submitted a link to Aalewis’ post via /r/cringe subreddit, where it gained more than 3,300 up votes and 650 comments before it was archived. Also on January 4th, 2013, a troll quote image featuring Redditor Aalewis’ quote intentionally misattributed to astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson (shown below) was submitted to the /r/atheism subreddit. Prior to being archived, the post gathered upwards of 4,600 up votes and 600 comments.
On January 27th, Aalewis’ quote appeared on 4chan’s /sci/ (Science & Math) board, this time, credited to the theoretical physicist Richard Feynman. On March 18th, the “Euphoric Atheist” Tumblr blog was created, which highlights notable photographs and image macros mocking atheist stereotypes, including neckbeards and fedora. On April 16th, Urban Dictionary user zerk1337 submitted an entry for the “euphoric,” which referenced Aalewis’ quote:
On June 4th, a Facebook page titled “In This Moment I am Euphoric” was launched. On July 27th, Body Building Forums member Skeptical_Hippo posted a thread titled “In this moment, I am euphoric,” featuring an animated GIF of a rotating fedora hat with the caption “Euphoric” (shown below, left). On September 2nd, Redditor lockjaw900 submitted a post titled “What I imagine a lot of these cringelords reading” to the /r/cringepics subreddit, which featured a mock cover for a satirical magazine titled “Euphoria” (shown below, right).