Whose BRIGHT idea was
MY KARMA DROVE OVER MY DOGMA?
For some background info check out:
http://the-brights.net/ what do you think?
& here is some funny stuff & some harsh mean spirited crap @
http://evolvefish.com/index.html which sort of fits in with the conundrum of getting labelled and now without further ado....
I recently came across a new term, a bright, which is being tossed about for people whose worldview is naturalistic and free of supernatural and mystical elements. Just as homosexuals captured the term GAY to integrate and evade the ugly monikers that were attached to them (that only they can use now),now atheist, naturalist, rationalist, humanist, agnostic, objectivist and free thinkers are given the opportunity to have a new improved label to avoid the societal stigmata of the former. bright.
My initial reaction was mixed, is it too Politically Correct and I thought that bright sounded a bit too conceited a term although not all GAY people are well, gay!
I also worried that adding another label to homo escapeons was not very constructive.
My original goal on this Blog was to promote a naturalistic view that we are all biologically the same and that all of the stigma attached with the human inventions or add ons like race, religion and politics have kept us from advancing.
Well however Polly Anna that sounds it is the lament of many who hope for John Lennon's lyrics from Imagine to come to pass. Unfortunately we are hardwired to make millisecond appraisals of strangers with our 5F meter.
The 5Fs are those initial snap decisions;
friend?, fight?, flight?, f**k?, or forget?
Millenia of civilization cannot seem to erase this out of our genetic code as we walk down on a busy street of strangers. We love (or can't get rid of) simple instantaneous information about people so that we can label them and rsolve any further investigation. People wear disguises and costumes so that it's easier for us to label them according to their appearance. Some are genuine and some are purposefully deceptive.
Thankfully we can override our instincts, develop friendships, and train ourselves to be colour blind, compassionate and forgiving and that IS our saving grace.
Hopefully love and reason will save the day despite what you see hear and read in the daily news!!!
As a skeptic it just kills me to be that hopeful but the alternative is very DARK!
Getting back to being bright I had several concerns after I signed up. First I have no problemo allowing scientific reasoning to explain HOW, WHEN and WHERE we came from. I'm fine with Evolution, Mitochondrial Eve and everything else all the way back to the nanosecond before the Big Bang.
I also think that some of us, regretfully, are prone to embellish and mislead others about our proprietary relationships with deities in order to manipulate others for personal gain. Power is power.
Therefore the WHO and WHY we are here poses the great question and just because or infinity isn't much to go on so I honestly believe that it is simply impossible, with these brains anyway, to understand the entire picture, hence the sign on my door AGNOSTIC.
The second concern and the real fly in the ointment is that I adore all of the mystical serenity and artsy introspective individuals and their respective Blogs that I have discovered out here. Our creative side is quite restricted without the ethereal license of the imagination. I consider the world of myth, magic, symbolism and cosmic flow to be essentialin order to soar high above the human/manimal condition.
Creative license is the cool part of having evolved to this level of self awareness..cogito ergo sum et al.
So I'm stuck in the middle somewhere even though I am satisfied with naturalistic reasoning I love it when it is explored, expressed and enveloped in mystical terms be it christian, buddhist, new age or whatever.
Maybe I'm just not that bright?
Worldviews aren't very easily gift wrapped and tied up with a bow.
We homo escapeons are fairly lazy and like to have everything about our world pre-packaged so that we can switch on the 5F meter, walk out the door, and get on with our daily survival duties.