Liv @ Wed Mar 12, 2008 8:03 pm wrote:Kaimialana @ Sun Mar 09, 2008 11:05 pm wrote:
I've heard that word before. It sounds so pretentious.
i was just saying it exists as an option. I don;t feel strongly about it either way - I can see how it could seem pretentious. The theory is it is meant to seem positive and is a word a bunch of freethinkers (that's another option) have coined for themselves as opposed to a word with negative associations like a-theist, which defines them by comparison with what they are NOT and was originally mostly used as a pejorative word by theists to criticise those without beliefs. It's meant to be like the way same-sex orentated people have chosen to use the world "gay" as opposed to a more clinical-sounding label of "homosexual", which was originally invented by doctors as a word to describe what they saw as an aberrant kind of behaviour, rather than a positive word invented by the people concerned. Also, "bright" is not supposed to mean "clever", but to generally be associated with things like "the Enlightenment" (or the 'light of reason/knowledge/science' or something - illuminating areas of human ignorance) - the period in the 18th century when philosophers like Voltaire and Rousseau were coming up with freethinking alternatives to traditional religion, based on more Humanistic and rationalistic values. It's also generally meant to sound upbeat whereas atheist can sound militant. I'm not saying it necessarily works well, just what I understand the aim to be
They could always call themselves the Illuminati ^_~