But if we fast forward this to today’s world, we can be rational yet lie about critically important matters, stuff that actually is well understood and supported by study and facts.
Back in the '70/'80 some marketing geniuses discovered the true road to riches - to learn to sell doubt. Man did they learn fast, money begets more $ and power. … tobacco health risks, etc, climate science deny, etc., … confuse, and never give an inch. Then it went on to social engineering like the evangelical movement and its marriage with politics and the utterly fabricated and contrive “Right To Life” movement, and demonizing the notion of stewardship of our planet’s biosphere, by and by culminating in trump with more fun to come.
Guess my question regarding ,
in a world where logic and rationalism is regularly used to lie and mislead, and steal from people - what’s the lesson to take a way from Gervais’ article?
Incidentally I’m not disputing what he wrote, look at what I’ve written, God belongs to our mindscape, these ideas are all indigenous so to speak, but that doesn’t make them unreal. You’ve heard me acknowledge that religion of some sort or other is valid and probably inevitable.
Heck my Earth Centrism is about embracing the story of our Earth’s Evolution and how our bodies grew out of that and we need to become better aware of our “creature self” and physical body - and better appreciate our “self”, that is our mind, as the inside reflection of our amazing body/brain getting on with living. How else could it be, study other animals, they’re all doing the same thing. Our Earthly biological creature body/brain is a fractal reflection of all the creature in our blood line going back hundreds of millions of years.
It has spiritual overtone, acquired bit by bit, in the course of living an attentive life.
If I wanted to get theatrical I could say I’ve already transcended death by virtue of my visceral awareness of the flow of deep time and being a momentary spark, and element in the pageant of creation.
Look at those words, they aren’t science, but they are a celebration of scientifically acquired knowledge. It’s about translating the science into a poetic, graspable humanistic spiritual story. That just might connect with the stories others are already developing for themselves.
The really neat thing is, it can be rational and it is sans woo, and sans meta-physical, this is all in accord with scientific understanding about evolution and the chemical biological reality of our Earthly macroscopic realm. Just looking at it through this particular Humanists eyes.