It’s not Easy Being a Humanist

It’s not easy being a humanist,
And you can’t add “Lord knows”.
It sure has it’s bumps and snarls.
Your church-going friends think
“You’re going to the devil”.
And worry that you don’t even
Believe in the devil.
It leaves them perplexed, angry and worse…
Makes them defend their own beliefs.

They suspect that you might be a communist,
Or a believer in international government.
You wonder why you follow this road
It’s easier to put your critical faculties to sleep,
Agree Biblical stories are true.
Do you really wish to call attention to yourself,
As an eccentric or heretic?
All you want is to be a reasonable person.
Why aren’t you taking sides,
Hating those other faiths,
Even willing to die for your team?
Religion is everywhere:
The courthouse, in government,
On the money in your wallet.
It seems by numbers that they must be right.
And you are out of step.
Yet there’s a feeling in your chest?
That tells you that you found the true path.

About Jay R. Strisik

Born in Brooklyn 83 years ago (but people say I look weeks younger). I am one of those lucky older Earthlings who retains most of my physical and mental abilities, at least for the rest of the month. I started writing in high school, stopped and started many times. I have completed about five or six book length novels and non-fiction. The last few years I have also written about seventy poems, and about thirty-five short stories. I self-publish for my friends who then become enemies. I credit my current burst of activity to the East Valley Writers Group, we meet Sunday nights at Borders in Mesa I have published a few short stories in obscure places.. My undergraduate life was at New York University, interrupted by WWII (the world is often rude). I spent four years in the Air Force then back to college at Ramapo, finally mastering in Social Work at Columbia University. I worked for over twenty years in the family business, a rope and twine distributor, then into social work. My degree is in industrial social work and I have lectured to several thousand folks on job finding techniques. My wife Georgia lets me live with her in Gilbert, AZ. We have two married children and three grands. We attend meetings of the humanists from time to time, but are not into organized anything. This is too long and keeping me from my computer.....bye.


It’s not Easy Being a Humanist — 3 Comments

  1. The God that the masses believe in is not even a kind God. A kind God would take care of it’s people and keep them from harm.
    It is easier to believe there is no God than to believe there is one.

  2. It’s not hard believing there is a god/are gods. But not one or ones that intervene in terrestrial affairs of any kind. Intelligent design seems to be more and more attractive the more that science peels back the layers and exposes a level of sophistication and seeming intelligence that baffles the greatest of minds, young, old or ancient!

  3. I think the problem lies in the fact that most of the young, old, or ancient were indoctrinated and/or stupid.

    The concepts dictated by the theory of evolution and its accompanying library of evidence and information are not terribly hard to understand, and every day science edges closer to a true answer regarding what’s really going on… God continues to have nothing to do with it.

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