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To spread mirth…

In an otherwise excellent article, The Economist commits an error of logic.

“A few have taken to calling themselves “Brights” for no good reason and to widespread mirth.”

In fact, I call myself a Bright for a very good reason… to create widespread mirth.

Speaking of Brights and widespread mirth…the most recent-but-one Brights Bulletin wanted us to vote for a tagline. We have already agreed on a logo and a mission statement and a definition – oh, and an antonym – now we need a tagline. As soon as we have our t-shirts printed and our policy statements finalized we are going to change the world!

So, we were going to go with :

Elevating the Naturalistic Worldview

until someone pointed was like…Hey! Brights don’t elevate! They illuminate! and we were like oh yeah! We should have a vote on that. We vote on everything at The Brights. When we are not elevating or illuminating we are voting. We modelled out society on an anarcho-syndicalist commune and we have bi-weekly meetings of our executive committee.

Anyway. The choices were

  • Elevating the Naturalistic Worldview
  • Illuminating and Elevating the Naturalistic Worldview

Being a community-minded Bright and not wanting people to make fun of us (despite our mission to spread mirth, we don’t like people making fun of us), I emailed the executive committee to point out how silly the choices were and to ask what was wrong with simply illuminating and what does elevating have to do with anything.

Apparently two dozen other people did the same thing but apparently we are the stupid ones because

“Frankly, the Brights movement, properly understood, is very much a “lift up” endeavor….But the “illuminating” aspect just won’t get the job done!”

The goal of this movement is to achieve a level societal playing field for people who, living amidst society’s dominant supernatural-infused outlooks, hold onto some variant of a naturalistic worldview.

Well! Consider me educated, frankly!

The best thing about this statement of policy is that it simultaneously manages to be both humourless and very, very funny – all contributing to the goal of spreading mirth. Result!

I am seriously considering joining the ceremonial deists though.

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2 responses to To spread mirth…

Bob December 11, 2007

Nice! Ceremonal Deists.

Very mirthful indeed. “Bright” always struck me as elitist and slightly unimaginative more than anything. I imagine a summer bbq, a lot of people arranged around park benches and lawn chairs, grumbling to each other about how dull and dangerous those religious farts are, and how much it ruins their day.

Whereas Ceremonial deist, has a nice pompousness to it; like something the founding fathers would have said. The meetings would require powdered wigs, three-pointed hats, and lots of whiskey. The conversation would be about great philosophical imperatives, self-evident truths and undoubtedly, it would be inalienably clever. Until the whiskey was overdone, at which point they would hoop and holler and yell “freebird” until everybody fell over drunk.

Bob December 11, 2007

As for the new Bright slogan, how about “Emancipating the picnic from those who would have us eat fried bologna and drink cherry koolaid until we could not fit through the doors of opportunity to pursue life, liberty and happiness.”

Sorry, I blame this on post-lunch lull.

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