Are you familiar with the AEU?

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Are you familiar with the AEU?

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des. 14, 2006, 1:55am

I kind of thought that jimmyhoffa might want to do the first post, but like most folks who would be attracted to this site, we tend to not speak up too much -- especially where I reside!

So, the first one who responds with the right answer gets a plenary indulgence. No, wait! That would be entirely inappropriate, wouldn't it? Sorry.

Part of my curiosity about this group was "what books do I have in common with you?" The answer is apparently, "None" -- at lest of the ones I've cataloged so far. Kind of odd, eh?

des. 14, 2006, 6:29am

Not at all. What's AEU?

Don't expect too much in the way of rational discourse from me. This group is a subject that resonates with me, but I have better things to do then read about things I already "believe" in. - And there's even less point in reading tales about things that I don't! Hi all anyway.

Editat: des. 16, 2006, 1:25am

Okay, 48 hours is long enough...

AEU is the American Ethical Union -- kind of an umbrella organization for various "Ethical Societies" scattered around the U.S., and the world. Their motto is "Deed before Creed", and it's a bona-fide religion that does not demand that you worship a deity. Rather, they encourage you to live a good and moral life without the trappings of the guilt and/or elitism of theistic religions. Your theistic belief is your own and is not their concern. They are more interested in what you can 'bring to the table' to help society.

My wife and I belonged to one for a few years, but left when the meetings became too ritualized for our taste. I recently read the local Society's newsletter online, and they're swinging back to a less rigid meeting format. At this point, I don't think I'll be visiting them anytime soon. There's other things I need to attend to at their regularly-scheduled meeting time.

All the same, they're a very good group to be involved with if you feel the urge.


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des. 21, 2006, 8:21pm

Have you read about The Bright Movement? How does that compare to AEU?

des. 21, 2006, 9:16pm

Never heard of it. Tell me more.


des. 21, 2006, 9:24pm

I'll chime in: "bright" was proposed as a descriptor by conscious analogy with "gay" -- a way to claim a positive term for a misunderstood minority (in this case, the awkwardly labeled "atheists"/"humanists"/whatevers: "Brights". )

I forget who coined it, but I think both Dawkins and Dennett gave their support to the term.

des. 21, 2006, 9:49pm

des. 22, 2006, 10:22pm

Interesting stuff in that Wikipedia article. Thanks very much, MMcM!

The Bright Movement compares to Ethical Culture in much the same way as an apple peel compares to a banana (as I see it, anyway). They both have this aura of free-thinking and open-mindedness, but Bright seems to be more concerned with "image" improvement whereas Ethical Culture is choke full of potassium. That is to say, you improve society in general by putting aside divisive thought and action, and focus on those things that join individuals together, in much the same way that Potassium is involved in cell development.

The Ethical Society that I had belonged to had a mix of Irish Catholic, Episcopalian, Jew, Buddhist, Wiccan, Atheist, Agnostic, and several who never mentioned what their personal theological leanings were. Some were heterosexual; some were homosexual; some were married; some were unmarried couples; some were single; some vascilated. All were acknowledged and respected for who they were. Everyone's input (contrast with "opinion") was important. Discussions centered around an issue and "Here's what I did in a similar situation", and not "Here's what you ought to do...". Theology, orientation, marital status didn't matter, except possibly to have a better understanding of the background of the individual.