Re: [humanism-174] Bright

From: Miguel
Sent on: Wednesday, September 30, 2009 9:09 AM
I can see your point about not wanting to come across as condescending. I do have a few questions that I hope you answer for better understanding on my point. You are a naturalist no? As an atheist, are you not a child of the Enlightenment? Do you believe that we are "candles in the dark"? I know you guys are busy, but have you visited the website? I assure you that the wording is on the contrary life-affirming though I could be wrong. I have indeed referred to myself as a Bright in conversation and when explained, it doesn't sound (at least to me) condescending. Also I must ask, what's wrong with a positive umbrella term for naturalists, pantheists, agnostics, Universalists, and atheists? Why shouldn't we be proud to emphasize our proud tradition of Free thinking and natural ethics?

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From: Dmitry Brant <[address removed]>
Date: Wed, 30 Sep[masked]:11:36 -0400
To: <[address removed]>
Subject: Re: [humanism-174] Bright

I think labels in general are doing everyone a disservice. I call myself an atheist just to avoid confusion when talking to people who believe in labels.�� I would rather call myself an alabelist.
As for calling oneself a "bright," that sounds a bit too condescending for my taste.

Dmitry

On Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 7:39 AM, Mrs. G <[address removed]> wrote:
Never liked this label, IMO a pretty awful choice of words. I dare anyone, next time when asked about your wordlviews, to tell people "I'm a bright".
IMO the brights are doing themselves a huge disservice by calling themselves that. Makes them come across as someone who needs to tell people they're smart, otherwise the people will not know.


From: Michael <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Wednesday, September 30,[masked]:48:40 AM
Subject: [humanism-174] Bright

What is a bright?

  • A bright is a person who has a naturalistic worldview
  • A bright's worldview is free of supernatural and mystical elements
  • The ethics and actions of a bright are based on a naturalistic worldview

http://the-brights.net/
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"They can't see anymore how their wide eyes have made them blind in spite of themselves."-Mushroomhead




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