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The Harvard Community of Humanists, Atheists, and Agnostics invited me to come see Eddie Izzard accept their Lifetime Achievement award and then do a set. Super flattering, super exciting.
In past years, the award has gone to Salman Rushdie, Joss Whedon, Adam Savage & Jamie Hyneman, Stephen Fry, and Mary Roach.
I doodled a flyer for them as a thank you. If you’re in the area and want to come see, that sucks because it’s sold out! But I’ll be working with the Harvard Humanists more in the future, so stay tuned.
Anonymous: What religion are you?
I’m not religious. Or even “spiritual,” which is a title that some nonreligious people claim and that I’ve never really been a fan of. I’m as secular a Humanist as they come.
It’s complicated, because I believe that on a community level, religion can be a wonderful thing. And from growing up in a Christian family and attending church every Sunday, I saw a lot of wonderful service performed by missionaries and church members, both in the community and overseas.
But the fact remains that, in most cases, to embrace one of these major religions requires you to ignore fundamental natural laws and principles—to suspend or reject basic logic, and that’s a dangerous thing to encourage.
For the last few years that I was living at home, I went to a Methodist church. Methodists are alright; they’re basically Humanists who keep Christ as a mascot. Him being the reason many Humanist values survived until now, I’m okay with that.
(Plus, growing up religious helped me postpone facing the horror of mortality until I was old enough to navigate that tempest. And I dearly miss the safety and comfort of believing I was the important and beloved child of the ruler of everything, rather than a temporary and coincidental wad of meat. That got me through a lot as a kid.)