A rationalist outlook or system of thought attaching prime importance to human rather than divine or supernatural matters.
In other words, faith in our own innate goodness and ability to do the right thing without the threat of eternal damnation or the promise of countless virgins.
A few years ago, an ex-mormon that I have great respect for called me a Humanist. I had never heard the term before and was very curious as to what humanism was and how he thought I was one.
You see, I thought I was an atheist, pure and simple. Faith was for the weak-minded and the ability to abuse that faith for one’s own hypocritical and corrupt ends was just so obvious to me that I found myself becoming intolerant of all whom espoused faith as their credo.
But then this guy calls me a humanist and I thought, hmmmm, rational thinking and spirituality all in one neat little package? Could this be the way forward, a path to reaching those blinded by faith and gently drag them into the 21st century?
But recent events have made me realize that humanism is just like all the other religious dogmas in that even a humanist must accept on faith the tenets of it’s philosophy. That what I was so sure of, chiefly, that our collective ability to overcome greed and evil was surely unabashable, was not faith-driven, but an immutable law
of nature, as sure as gravity.
And like all other faiths, it has been proven false. We are not going to get out of this alive. We are greedy, selfish, corrupt and nothing will change that.
So, I guess this makes me a newly-converted nihilist?
As such, I am gonna take something away from all y’all that done brung us hereabouts. I am gonna relieve you of one of your iconic symbols. I am gonna take Lynyrd Skynyrd away from you.
Why? Cuz I can and all y’all took my belief in the goodness of each other away from me.
Cuz here’s the thing. As a young man of 17, I discovered the southern stompin, starsnbars waving force that was Skynyrd. They informed and shaped whom I would become as a man, a liberal artist. You (you being the Trump voter) thought they represented your backwards racist ways didn’t you? Sure, they chastised Canadian folk and rock legend Neil Young for his songs Southern Man and Alabama in their anthem to shit-kickin Sweet Home Alabama, but that’s all you get.
Y’all know how you love your guns so damn much? Well, I hate guns. Why?
Cuz this song taught me too.
As did this one:
So your icons were seemingly against guns.
Y’all know how much you love to espouse the sanctity of marriage and being faithful? Sorry, Skynyrd says:
So ya, Ronnie and de boys weren’t so into fidelity.
Oh, ya, you know how y’all just elected the biggest corporate stooge to ever shame your country? The boys weren’t so into big corps either.
And here’s the final kick in all y’alls’ shit-caked levis. You know how y’all love to hate on the black man?
So there ya go Southern Man. Skynyrd belongs to liberal progressives and not all y’all.
Chew on that.