Found at The Itinerant Librarian, "What kind of humanist am I?"
Excuse us, could you just put down that hammer for a minute and listen. You’re so busy getting things done you rarely take any time out just to relax. In fact, you’ve probably forgotten how to relax. That’s because you’re so anxious to prove that it’s possible to lead a good and moral life without religion that you have built a strict and forbidding creed all of your own.
You keep a compost heap, cycle to the bottle bank, invest in ethical schemes only and the list of countries you won’t buy from is longer than the washing line for your baby’s towelling nappies. You admire uncompromising self–sacrificers like Aung San Suu Kyi and Che Guevara, and would have liked the chance to be incarcerated for your principles like Diderot or Nelson Mandela.
You would never cheat on your partner, drink and drive, accept bribes or touch drugs. You never waste money though you give lots to charity. Living a good life? You’re a model to us all. But it wouldn’t hurt you to try a little happiness once in a while. Loosen up.
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Now this is a mixed bag, as usual. Relaxing? What the heck is that? Well, it is possible to lead a good and moral life without religion. What’s your point? Strict and forbidding? Whatever. Some things just aren’t right and, to be honest, the most repressive parts came from the early Protestant indoctrination.
I don’t have a compost heap; I don’t have a garden because I don’t have a yard. But, OK, I would if I could. I don’t invest (much). And I had to look up Aung San Suu Kyi. But OK, I’ll respect a Nobel Peace Prize Winner who said, "It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it" [Wikipedia]. Amen, sister!
That last paragraph—well I certainly would not do a few of those things. It’s a bit too late for the others. And while I do give money to charities, I also waste quite a bit of it. More importantly, if this is the good life then I am in serious trouble. But. I am still searching for it. And the journey, along with recognizing what is not the good life, is the most important thing a soul can do.
And a little hint, most of what your society tells you is the good life is a complete and utter lie. Always has been; always will be.