If I wasn’t spending so much time trying to figure out how to put LED’s into industrial oven hoods, I might be making a little video for youtube that puts me at the podium of C-SPAN’s coverage of the Big Tea Party. I would take sound samples of town hall booing and “Joe” the Congressman’s “You lie!” and make a repeating pattern that sounds like waves crashing on the shore. I would make the following speech while the waves of booing got louder and louder.
“You have all come here to see the face of the enemy. A few of you call it by name and the rest of you use code words. I hear you say that you want to protect “the America you know” from socialism, commie radicals and big government. America “as it used to be” means, “more religious”. The other magic words mean secularism.
Secularism is not a force of nature and it is not your enemy. It is a process in our social evolution that results from all the things we learn about the world as we build more and more complex lives for ourselves. Your enemy is honesty.
Without secularism, you would not be standing here arguing about how we should pay for our medical technology. You would be wearing charms and beads and emoting to statues just like our ancestors did for thousands of generations. You wouldn’t have taxes to worry about, for you would be bartering food and crafts for an at best hit-and-miss healthcare system based on bleeding and demon expulsion.
You say that you have a sacred duty to the truth. I have a secular duty to the truth. The difference is in who owns it. It’s not us, no matter how snazzy a hat we wear. The truth belongs to nature of which we are a part. Learning that, is why we have the science of medicine and why many of you are still here.
Without secularism, you would have had no way to get to this event and probably not even heard about it.
I know that this process hurts. I know that most of you have very moderns ideas about religion. Modern religion is the painfully slow apology for the inevitability of secularism. Having your beliefs challenged is a wounding experience. Many non-religious people experienced the same challenge earlier in their lives. The pain will pass, but a healthcare bill never will until we can all be honest about it.
What we think or believe is a shadow that the truth cast in our minds no matter who you heard it from. What we see in that shadow can change, especially if we are free to let in more light.
Without secularism, you would not know what tea was.