Sunday, July 13, 2008

I'm a Bright

I had heard of Brights once before, while researching Camp Quest for my kids, but I didn't know what they were until I read about them in Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion.

Afterwards, I checked out the Brights' site to learn more about them.

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
So, the basic idea is to put people under two umbrella categories: Brights and Supers (Supers include anyone who believes in the supernatural). The benefit of this is that everyone with a naturalistic worldview can come together under one banner.

My personal beliefs do not reflect the beliefs of the Brights community in general, except the qualifying naturalistic worldview that is free of mystical elements.

I like the noun "Bright" because it gives me the opportunity to talk about what I believe, where "Atheist" or "Agnostic" is more focused on what I don't believe, which leads most people to immediately assume that I believe in nothing.

I believe in everything that I can see and touch and smell and feel. I believe in most things that logically make sense based on what I have seen and touched and smelled and felt in my lifetime.

I believe that my life is as significant as I choose to make it.

I believe that life is rare and precious, and that the lives and feelings of others are every bit as important as my own.

I believe that everything in the universe is in a constant state of flux; that nothing remains unchanged. I believe that when we try to keep things the same, or try to make the world conform to some ideal notion of the way it should be, we are going against the natural flow of the universe. I believe that these conservative ideals are futile and counterproductive.

I believe that it would be immensely beneficial for humanity to let go of all of its conservative ideals and unite with the common goal of marching forward into the stars.

I believe that the universe is indifferent to our existence; that we must be our own saviors.

I believe that the future of our species absolutely depends on us working together for the future of our species.