Our friend Gobeithio has asked us to publish this piece on humanism. We’ll save our comments for later and see you in the discussion…
Discussion Of Environmental Humanism In Barbados And Guyana
We have a small group in Guyana, and want to get something going in Barbados. You can get a feel for what we are about on http://www.gobeithio.org
A quick summary of environmental humanism: Common Sense.
We are out to make better lives for ourselves, and improve the world around us, through common sense. Intrinsic to this is Rationalist Thought. A requirement of common sense is sound ecology, and because we find ourselves in a rather perilous situation with our changing environment, the major emphasis on improving our condition is environmentalism.
Some previous attempts to infuse responsible ecology into movements have ended up bringing some mystical, or even divine elements into play. That cannot happen with us because, by definition, we don’t refer to any divine revelation, magic or mysticism. We don’t have closed minds – it might well be that certain paranormal phenomena will be accepted by mainstream science in the future, and if/when that happens we would be only to happy to accept it, but we are not going to base any part of our worldview around such matters by guessing, fearing or wanting them to be true.
In Guyana recently, an old woman was battered to death because she was believed to have been a supernatural being called an ol’ higue, that fed on the blood of babies. This is a rather extreme example of irrational thought, but it serves to prove a point.
An emphasis on education, and exposure to Rationalist thought, is the best defence there is against extremism; – extremism of religosity, nationalism or various ideology.
Barbados, with its tremendous literacy level, is well positioned to take this forward.
I have posted in some other threads, both in the Environment and Religion fora. I did answer a few questions on the thread about Barbados Muslims not killing anyone.
The desire is to gather a number of individuals that the above appeals to, and who wish to be a part of it, and contribute to improving our own lives, and the wellbeing of society.
There is an urgency here. The social and environmental problems loom large in our near future. It really is going to get hot.