Creating people's geographies
What a spectacle. I first saw this video a couple of days ago and have succumbed to posting it today. Its an intriguing display of fundamentalist atheist vs fundamentalist evangelical; whatever else you can say about these two, they seem to be inverse mirror images of one another in some respects — in approach, if not in content.
Dawkins doesn’t exactly exemplify secular humanism to my mind nor does he display a modicum of good manners, even if my own beliefs do align with his far more on science, secularism and rationality (tempered with a sympathy for the “spiritual-but-not religious” orientation, which I imagine Dawkins probably does not have). I’m sure a lot of us shake our heads at Dawkins’ hostile behaviour, and Haggard’s recent shenanigans and lies are of course another thing again …
Nor do I think that secularism and rationality are the be-all and end-all, especially devoid of the spiritual dimension. To paraphrase Gandhi (when asked about what he thought about western civilisation), I too think a purely secular society is … a good idea. I just don’t know that such an unalloyed entity exists, leaving aside any normative question about the desirability of its existence.
As Goethe once wrote in a magnificent passage lamenting modernity’s one-dimensional instrumental rationality (as quoted in Max Weber’s The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism):
“Specialists without spirit, sensualists without heart; this nullity imagines that it has attained a level of civilization never before achieved.”
Here’s the video clip, if you haven’t already seen it. Given Ted Haggard’s current political currency, its now really doing the rounds. Run time: 9:48