“Civilization will not attain to its perfection, until the last stone from the last church falls on the last priest.”
On the summer solstice, there is more light than on any other day of the year. Light is a metaphor for knowledge, so let us set aside at least one day a year to intentionally do one thing to advance the light of reason. Read a book, join a secular group, write a letter to the editor, give a talk, have a thoughtful discussion, send some money where it will do some good…anything to advance the cause. When $27 MILLION can come together to build a Museum of Creationism, it’s a sign: that we Humanists have a lot of money to raise and work to do do.
Let us proclaim June 21 as Reason Day. Everything else has a dedicated day, week, month, even year…so why not the one thing that makes us human, the one thing that makes us just a little more than naked apes?
But let’s not take the metaphor too far. The solstice is one of a myriad of celestial events, which are a staple of religion and its fellow whore, astrology. What’s your sign? Read my chart? There are people who actually believe this stuff…who think, without a shred of evidence, that the arrangement and movement of celestial bodies influences human events and even individual human lives. Before we knew anything, the explanation of everything was in the stars. Now we know better.
Happy Reason Day. (I’m a Leo.)