|January 2009 - an atheist London bus|
They also describe the amazing number of small donations they received to fund the campaign, as well as a big one from Richard Dawkins.
My thoughts are these. First and foremost, the campaign was a brilliant idea. My second comment was about the inclusion of the word probably. This deserves as essay all to itself (which I'm already working on, so it may come soon). But my big objection is to the advice: so go and enjoy your life.
If I’d had a vote, the wording would have been “so go and make a better world”.
Here's why I didn’t like this enjoy your life stuff. It says that non-belief in god makes you shallow. I'm a regular reader of a weekly newspaper called the Irish Catholic. Their columnists direct frequent pokes at secularism, and a regular trope is the identification of secularism with consumerism. An identification which "so go and enjoy your life" seems to invite.
I ought to add that secularism is more important than atheism and these columnists are mistaken to confuse the two. More about this another day.
|The German atheist bus carried some interesting slogans|
It carried some interesting extra slogans. The lower slogan Werte sind Menschlich – auf uns kommt es an means “Morality is human – all depends on us”; but I suspect the German succeeds in capturing this thought much more snappily than English can; or at least much more snappily than I have been able to.
There are a couple more slogans not visible here. Aufklärung heißt, verantwortung zu übernehmen : "Enlightenment means to take responsibility".
Another says Ein erfülltes Leben braucht keinen Glauben: "A fulfilled life needs no belief".
German by the way is my all time favourite language and I would learn it if I had time.