“Civilization will not attain to its perfection, until the last stone from the last church falls on the last priest.”

Emile Zola


On the summer solstice, there is more light than on any other day of the year.  Light is a metaphor for knowledge, so let us set aside at least one day a year to intentionally do one thing to advance the light of reason.  Read a book, join a secular group, write a letter to the editor, give a talk, have a thoughtful discussion, send some money where it will do some good…anything to advance the cause.  When $27 MILLION can come together to build a Museum of Creationism, it’s a sign: that we Humanists have a lot of money to raise and work to do do.

Let us proclaim June 21 as Reason Day.  Everything else has a dedicated day, week, month, even year…so why not the one thing that makes us human, the one thing that makes us just a little more than naked apes?

But let’s not take the metaphor too far.  The solstice is one of a myriad of celestial events, which are a staple of religion and its fellow whore, astrology.  What’s your sign?  Read my chart?  There are people who actually believe this stuff…who think, without a shred of evidence, that the arrangement and movement of celestial bodies influences human events and even individual human lives.   Before we knew anything, the explanation of everything was in the stars.  Now we know better.

Happy Reason Day.  (I’m a Leo.)

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Comment by Alan Perlman on June 22, 2012 at 10:56pm

One of many bits of Trek trivia I didn't know...thanks for the enlightenment!

Comment by James Yount on June 22, 2012 at 9:44pm

They have an uncontrollable urge to mate every 7 years. It's called the pon farr.

Comment by Alan Perlman on June 22, 2012 at 3:22pm

Spock it is, then.  But how do Vulcans reproduce without emotion?  Or is sex somehow profoundly logical?

Comment by Tammy S on June 22, 2012 at 2:46pm

Though shalt have no other Spock's before me?

Comment by James Yount on June 22, 2012 at 12:09pm

Yes, Spock would find it illogical and unwarranted. Which is why he deserves it more than any other false deity.

Comment by Alan Perlman on June 22, 2012 at 11:30am

As the laws of probability would dictate, some Leos will actually have the personality traits that the astrologers posit: proud, vain, generous, outspoken, loves the limelight.  That's me.

Comment by Tammy S on June 22, 2012 at 10:35am

No wonder I enjoy your writing, my mother, one of my favorite people is a Leo, however by the same token, one of my least favorites (my first ex) is too! Whooops!

Comment by Steph S. on June 22, 2012 at 10:34am

Yes Spock would find prayer illogical - Happy Reason Day!

Comment by Alan Perlman on June 22, 2012 at 10:06am

Would he not find prayer highly illogical?

Comment by James Yount on June 22, 2012 at 2:21am

I'm for Reason Day as long as we mandate prayer to the mighty Spock ;)  (Libra btw)

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