Saturday, April 25, 2009 11:12 AM
The Freethought, Atheist, Nonbeliever community will be participating at the Sacramento Earth Day celebration. We did not get our reservation in early enough to have a formal table, but we will have an informal group that will be located by the Atheist and Other Freethinkers banner. Our location will be played by ear, to remain adaptive to the circumstances. We will be dressed in atheist T shirts, Darwin T shirts, or wear atheist buttons, have literature to give out, and we will be able to meet and talk with a lot of naturalistic oriented attendees at the park. Last year, the Rainbow festival at South Side Park was a spectacular success. Three of us talked to people all day long, and hundreds of the attendees saw our sign and came up to us happy that we were there. This should be a lot of fun. It is a great event to show our presence and out reach to those in the community who are open minded to a rational approach to thinking about our place in nature and the universe. Also, those who are concerned with the plight of our environment will understand the great importance of switching the focus of morality and ethics to be centered on nature, evolution and preservation of our ecosystem, in place of the traditional religion human self-centeredness and system of judgment of good and evil based on some other worlds, immeasurable, unseen, unknowable. Ideas flowing from a time of ignorance, previous to the discovery of the scientific method, have combined with the human tendency of choosing a system of values which maximizes profit for the individual for the immediate present, culminating in a sure recipe for disaster for all species except one. The survival of the one favored species is becoming increasingly endangered with the degradation of the living conditions, carbon emissions and overpopulation. These unpleasant conclusions follow directly from a system of values which fails to recognize humans as part of a food chain, evolved for billions of years, dependent upon the health of the total ecosystem. Our deepest morality, convictions and laws of our governments need to reflect this dependency on preserving what is left of our Garden of Eden. Come help us convey these ideas so essential to our survival to our co-inhabitants of spaceship earth.
If you can't locate us at the festival, call Paul at 201-3131.
(8th and T Streets, downtown Sacramento)