For social change agents, here are a couple of bold strokes you can take to boost the Brights endeavor by way of personal action.
A Situation: The traditional dominance of religion in most societies means that religions get a name that encompasses a worldview (Christian, Muslim, Hindu, etc.). Citizens with a naturalistic worldview are defined by contrast – as “nonbelievers” and “godless”. Identity is continuously smothered by pejorative labels. But do you have to go along with it?
- One is not a “nonbeliever” if believing in [list your own beliefs here].
- And is anyone godless if there isn’t a god?
Brights don't always recognize how strongly they are socially defined in terms of others’ beliefs. And, it really is not easy to break loose verbally from strong cultural trappings.
What You Do: You express your naturalistic worldview on its own terms, and say it straight, “I have a naturalistic worldview!” Then you say what that means to you. ?[To do that without religion words is a departure from the usual.]
A Situation: There aren’t enough brights of any stripe (humanist, atheist, skeptic, culturally religious but otherwise secular) serving in public office. So add yourself to the roster. No kidding. If you are serious about wanting to build more public understanding of the naturalistic outlook and increase acceptance for those whose worldview is wholly free of beliefs in the supernatural and mystical, let it start with you.
What You Do: You run for an elective office (or volunteer fill a spot on a community board or committee) in order to add one person to elevate the influence in society from people who have a naturalistic worldview. Begin in your community at the local level (water commission, zoning board, school board, etc.).