My apologies, followers! I hope you all did something kind for your fellow man yesterday — and today, for that matter. Spotted in the ‘humanism’ tag, I’m fairly sure this is one of the best summaries of humanism, at least as I see it, so I’m going to reblog it here for you all to see:
I’m a secular humanist, and I’m going to ramble about my religious ideology. Woot.
We as humans are stuck here on Earth together, so we should make an effort to be kind, fair, and ethical to each other. I know that’s idealistic, but it’s a good goal.
I think we should be civil to each other because it’s the right thing to do, not because of the ordinance of a deity.
Although today is about awareness, we should love, care for, and respect each other every day.
It’s all right. We understand. You’re threatened, because you don’t understand that there are valid choices aside from the morality offered by your God and no morality at all. We don’t believe in God, so we must be sinners, right? I can see why you would draw that conclusion, but I think if you actually consider the matter, you’ll realize that that’s not the case at all.
See, we’re not opposed to your God. In fact, I can honestly say that I am glad you have something that you believe in, that gives you something to fight for, and a God that offers you direction in your life. Everyone needs these things. Some of us, though, have found it outside of a supernatural father figure. We’re not opposed to you needing — or wanting — one. We just would like to be able to not believe in peace.
Really, that’s it. It’s that simple. We want people to be able to believe whatever they want, without having the rules of another religion — whether that’s Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Taoism, animism, atheism, or any other belief system in the world — imposed upon them by a government or other ruling body. In other words: if you want to pray in schools, I’m not going to stop you, as long as I’m not forced to do it myself. If you want to face Mecca five times time a day, I’ll try to help you figure out which way it is if you’re in a new place, and where you can put down your prayer rug. If I know you’re Christian, I won’t say ‘Happy Holidays’ to you; I’ll wish you a very merry Christmas. I will do everything in my power to protect your right to worship who and how you think is correct, because that same right will be extended to me in my lack of worship.
Maybe you’re wondering what it is I do believe, as a secular humanist. I’ll warn you now, you won’t agree with all of it, because I am an atheist. But I think, if you really look at the list, you won’t see much else there that you disagree with, aside from the fact that I don’t believe in God. Here, take a look:
Most of all, I don’t believe you really hate me or my fellow humanists. In fact, I know this. You’ve demonstrated quite clearly, through your posts, that you don’t really understand what secular humanism is, so the ‘humanists’ that you hate are just boogeymen and -women that you’ve created in your mind, who embody all you fear. They are not us. We’re the ones waiting patiently for you to realize that we’re your brothers and sisters, and there are bigger things to fear in the world than people who want nothing more to improve it and the lives of our fellow human beings.
I know you’re not likely to have read this at all, and that this little ramble of mine may have just confused you more, but I’m going to keep hoping that it might have helped lay some of your concerns to rest. Live and let live, brother or sister. We love you because you are human. We hope you’ll love us because we’re human and, in the eyes of your God and Creator, worthy of that love.
I hope you find whatever it is that can bring you some peace.
With all my love and hope for a future when we can work together,
A Secular Humanist