Hi. This is the Good Humans Blog.
Hello, people of Earth!
I asked not long ago on Facebook if anyone would be interested in a blog centered around the ideas we discuss on the podcast and maybe some other musings, as well. The answer was a resounding "I mean, it wouldn't hurt...? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ "
And so it is that I jump in with gusto, and I thought it might be fitting to begin at the beginning. But I'm not sure what/where/when that is, exactly. Is anyone?
I was raised in a far-right conservative cult. My father was a pastor. I was in church multiple times a week. I read my Bible religiously (had to do it). i prayed. I even recruited for our cult several times a week. The concept of "good" was all to familiar. And I was crushing it.
Except I wasn't. I never absorbed any of it. The Bible and the preaching and the prayer and the jargon and the certainty and the rules and the dualistic thinking never changed me. Religion didn't make me a better person. I never heard God speak to me, like the preachers that would tell stories about "God's leading". Putting money in the offering plate never brought blessings from God that were "pressed down, shaken together, and running over". Keeping the Ten Commandments didn't create a fulfilling and joyful life. God wasn't real. I was lost, confused, naive, and incredibly self-centered. Being good wasn't about ACTUALLY being good. It was about what was in it for me. It was a masturbatory exercise in ego stroking and self-gratification through ritualistically and blindly following the rules set forth by the powers that be.
And thus goes the history of humankind.
I've said this to a few friends, recently, but I am not the same person I was 6 months ago. In fact, I've been quite a few different people, over the last few years. In fact-ier fact, I feel like I'm several different people at this very moment. No, I'm not schizophrenic (and neither am I), I'm just saying that I have found myself to be in a constant state of flux, as of late. I am not certain about anything, and it is GLORIOUS. This isn't an unrelated rant, it connects, and here's how. New ideas, new information, new perspectives, new experiences, and new people have taught me that being "good" isn't about achieving. It's not about arriving. It's not about YOU. Or ME. It's about US. All of us together, being good for, with, among, and because of each other. It's about creating a world we'd like to live in.
And there you have it. The reason this podcast and blog exist. I want to explore these ideas with anyone and everyone I can, because the world needs us. All of us. Exploring better ways to be Human.
Be good to each other.