Back when your grandparents were kids people used to do something called, “thinking”.
You would make a comment like:
“A cigarette affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity.”
Your grandparents would “think about” that and reply:
Thinking was useful for keeping civilization from being ruined by stupidity.
Believe it or not, thinking used to occur in church!
There’s an ancient, seldom referenced religious book (called ‘The Bible’) that actually says:
” As was his custom, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and proving that the Messiah had to suffer and rise from the dead. “
Paul was a ‘religious guy’ who thought about Christianity a lot.
Religion doesn’t require thought anymore.
We’re a brain-dead society that accepts any fancy platitude as religious wisdom.
“Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without supernaturalism, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity.”
You’re nodding your head.
Your grandparents would have a different response.
You can go through religious propaganda and replace ‘humanism’ with popular products without affecting the usefulness of the statement.
“Pepsi —guided by reason, inspired by compassion, and informed by experience—encourages us to live life well and fully. “
“Life’s fulfillment emerges from individual participation in Carvinal Cruises.”
“Taco Bell customers are concerned for the well being of all, are committed to diversity, and respect those of differing yet humane views.”
Your grandparents didn’t believe everything they heard.
At least occasionally, they would think about stuff.
You should do that too.
So you don’t waste your life believing baloney:
“Humans are an integral part of nature, the result of unguided evolutionary change.”
Humanist Baloney – That’s not even good for making a sandwich.