[FoRK] Time to start going to Church and car races
Stephen D. Williams
sdw at lig.net
Wed Nov 3 09:33:41 PST 2004
that's were the real power is.
Onward to the theocrazy.
I grew up in a small town of 11,000 in NW Ohio in a county of maybe
20,000 people. The county was all churches, factories, and farming.
Before the Internet, that was isolated. I remember the traveling
preachers and at about 12 I visited most of the denominations in town.
What this country needs is many traveling preachers-of-reason for all of
the boonies in the US, some comfort for all of those isolated,
marginalized thinkers in the intellectual wasteland that is rural
America. Someone to call out the willful ignorance, the fallacious
thought, the anti-intellectualism, the intolerance, the bigotry, and
general irrationality. We need to encourage thought, encourage
questioning from youth and everyone else, and explain things like
morality independent of your local small-minded preacher. There is
plenty of coherent thought in movements like Rational Humanism.
There are a number of possible approaches, including pairing with job
centers like virtual corporation call centers, or, even better, a "Young
Lady's First Primer"-like service. Imagine that teachers and other
intellectuals, including some of those out-of-work manufacturers in
Ohio, in the hinterlands could spend extra hours during the week and
year being paid to provide teaching and counseling services via
broadband Internet to both affluent and trouble children or people far away.
Isolation between the intellectuals and fundamentalists isn't working.
We're immune to their memes and glad to stay in metropolitan and
free-thinking areas, but we're standing by while the exposed are
converted en masse by the manipulators.
We have to embrace, educate, plant memes, grow friends, and counter
those who are trying to take advantage of us all. IMHO, there are those
on both the left and right that need education.
Consider that my elevator pitch for a for- or non-profit organization.
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