Secular Humanism Is…GE!

Rita Stevens

Secular humanism is GE. True, General Electric hasn’t come up with one super-appliance that does everything, but combine its products and you’ll get an idea of what I mean.

Secular humanism reduces the heat under my simmering annoyance at organized religion. It chops into manageable pieces the chunks of anxiety inherent in being human. It provides a more high-definition picture-like a combination telescope and microscope-of the universe, including my fellow living creatures. I’m especially grateful for the clearer view of Homo sapiens. Because of it, I forgive them their sins, and that includes my own. This view lets me feel wonder at neurosurgery, good writing, and big bridges that don’t fall, and it tells me where to direct my admiration. (I don’t think telescopes and microscopes are GE products, but no analogy is perfect.)

Secular humanism lets me set the thermostat on my reactions to world tragedy and Fox News. That sentence may include a redundancy-for which I apologize, I guess. At least I didn’t include the term half-baked in the observation.

In short, my life has been enhanced because I’ve been unable to buy into the supernatural while appreciating the mixed blessings of a frontal lobe. I thank my parents for not having me brainwashed, but, if they had, I think the right agitator would have undone the damage somewhere along the way.

GE also stands for “Good Enough,” but that’s two words.

Rita Stevens

Rita Stevens is a retired teacher living in Kalamazoo, Michigan.


Secular humanism is GE. True, General Electric hasn’t come up with one super-appliance that does everything, but combine its products and you’ll get an idea of what I mean. Secular humanism reduces the heat under my simmering annoyance at organized religion. It chops into manageable pieces the chunks of anxiety inherent in being human. It …

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