Ever notice how Gnu movement is centered around negativity? Yes, we know, God is a delusion, religion is evil, children are being abused when taught the Bible, religious people are stupid. I think we’ve all heard it and more. But just what in the world do the Gnus hope to achieve? Apart from trying to drive religion into the closet, and apart from political clichés, what type of world are the Gnus trying to create?
We have seen before that one Gnu Leader envisions a Gnutopia where, surprise, hedonism and anti-religious bigotry rule the day.
I want to change the status quo, I want to tear down the gooey conventionality of morality and narrow standards of public behavior. I want us all to mock and laugh at public professions of piety. I want to change how people think, and I want people to reject the absurd claim that our morality is founded on an odious holy book. If you want to have a wild weekend of sex and drugs and rock and roll, as long as you don’t hurt anyone, I will say, “good for you.” – PZ Myers
Of course, this version of Gnutopia appeals to the Teen Gnus, who probably make up the bulk of Myers’ readers. And it may also appeal to Gnu professors who would like to relive those teens years.
But what about when things go bad?
Life is like that, y’know? A fun time of partying and mocking and then, BAM, everything stops and life changes because of some tragedy. If your fellow Gnus are all drunk, high, and/or mocking religious people, will they notice your needs?
Don’t worry, Myers tells us that part of Gnutopia is already in place. In an April 23, 2012 posting, entitled, Badges? We ain’t got no badges. We don’t need no badges! I don’t have to show you any stinkin’ badges!, he writes:
John also mentions his recent knee injury that has laid him up, and that there is no congregation of like-minded agnostics who gathered together to send him flowers, send a baffled and muddled agnostic chaplain to visit, or organize a circle of dinner deliveries. He’s reliant on a couple of personal friends. But, I would add, he also benefits from a secular state that provides an essential minimal level of support. Why should that be dismissed as an aspect of community? It’s a bit impersonal, admittedly, but it’s there. I think it’s also much more reliable than depending on a loose association of fellow believers — I notice that the Baptists aren’t lining up to help Wilkins out now, despite his past association, probably because his ideas led him to depart from their herd. Do we want the kind of community that demands conformity in order to get the essentials of life?
Did you get that? In Gnutopia, when you find yourself vulnerable and in need, you have “the secular state” to the rescue. The State! Yep, Gnutopia comes with a “minimal level of support” and even though it’s a “bit impersonal,” it’s there. So there.
Gnutopia is almost all mapped out for us now. With faceless bureaucrats under growing financial pressures to provide that minimal level of support for the sick Gnu, the rest of the Gnus are free to PAARTY! And mock.