Oh yes, my brothers and sisters, I believe these things. Truly and without guile I bear witness, I testify, I can give you a hearty “Amen!” I want to be the purple stripe. “Don’t tell me then ‘be like the rest.’”
From Reasonable Doubts, here is a sermon by Jeremy Beahan, Adjunct Instructor of Aesthetics, Philosophy and World Religions at Kendall College of Art & Design, delivered at All Souls Unitarian Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
I hope that when all is said and done, humanities [sic] chapter in life’s story will be a bright one. But even if it is not, I still stand in admiration of those who did not accept easy answers or bow to received wisdom, people who pursued truth for its own sake, who did good not out of any expectation of divine reward or fear of punishment but because they love life and wish to see it thrive. I think that is what humanism is really about. It’s finding the courage to stand apart and say “don’t tell me to be like the rest” I choose to live by reason instead of faith. I choose to serve all sentient life and not just the elect. I choose to press on instead of waiting for a miracle and because I believe that is how I make my life, and the universe of which I am a part, significant.
Image originated from here and according to the site, is a “Three layered [blood] vessel wall demonstrating defined intimal (dark purple stripe, left), medial (light purple, center), and adventitial (dark purple, right) layers.”
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