Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Legion of Logic Community Box #1: What Does The Term "Secular" Mean To You?

On February 16th and 17th, the Legion of Logic had their first table event during the Student Organization Fair. Overall, I feel it went absolutely fantastic. There was a relatively large group of club members who sat around socializing and we got a fair amount of attention by a lot of genuinely interested individuals. We gained a few members and somehow managed to completely avoid any serious negative confrontation (save for one alarmingly angry Sunday School teacher who wrote us a particularly unpleasant answer - see if you can spot it). While we got some unpleasant looks, they were from people who felt the need to avoid us rather than engage.

I introduced a concept known as the "Community Voice Box" . The intention of the box was to introduce a question to the public where students and faculty could share their thoughts and opinions discretely. A major goal of the Legion of Logic is to inspire communication and critical thinking; therefore this felt like a good first step towards helping people feel like they didn't have to be afraid to engage in such conduct.

This was a fascinating social experiment where we received few concise answers – it seems like a lot of people felt the question “What does the word 'secular' mean to you?” was synonymous with “What do you think of atheists?”

I've copied the responses we received word-for-word, keeping punctuation, spelling, and sentence placement intact:

  • Umm.....IDK?
  • Atheism: The belif that there was nothing and nothing happened to nothing to nothing and then nothing magically exploded for no reason, creating everything and then a bunch of everything magically rearranged itself for no reason what so ever into self-replicating bits which then turned into dinosaurs. Makes Perfect Sense.
  • Secular: the secular group of society, is one with out the concern for the group or religious,a self serving interest is secular
  • THE WRONG CHOICE
  • I don't know!
  • Atheism – No religion
  • they can believe what they like
  • Its your own choice.
  • We live therefore we are
  • Maybe Not
  • A dancing fuzzy bunny
  • Atheisum: people who dont believe in a higher being
  • “Secular” means “of the world” in that it emphasizes worldly immediate concerns as opposed to ideas about the afterlife, supernatural, god, and religion which are not immediately relevant.
  • I feel saddened that athists only believe in a brief lifespan. If I were athist that would be scary due to my wanting to experience everything combined with lack of morals.
  • Secular – not related to organized religion? LOL!
  • Secular = without religion “earthly”
  • Secular – non-religious, whether it be political mindset, music, or media
  • One who treats all people the same, nontheless, any difference mentaly, physicaly, past, or present. Not out of any obligation, but because of a genuin desire to do good to all people, and help those in need.
  • Secular means anything that does not specifically have to do with religion
  • cosmic
  • atheism – logical and realistic
  • people who belive that god is the procese by wich everything happens.
  • Worldly
  • Secular is similar to sacred. Minus the religious aspects of it.
  • Secular should mean that the institutions of religion & government remain completely seperate.. too bad it isn't.

2 comments:

  1. Wow! The general lack of basic knowledge that exists/persists in the world really blows me away. If these are the answers that you get from members of the higher ed community, imagine what would come from the population at large. This suggests to me that educating people should definitely be a priority of the Legion of Logic for a long time to come.

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  2. Boy, speaking of a general lack of knowledge and education - someone in Philosophy today seemed to be under the impression that all other nations were communist.

    Yep.

    We have a definite need for focusing on education.

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