It is currently 02:46. Yes, early morning hours. Ideas do not keep a schedule.
On Friday night, I attended a brilliant set of talks given by the NG Church. This is the church that used to be married to the state during Apartheid era South Africa. My respect for this church is growing tremendously.
At this meeting, I met an old friend of my father’s. They were paratroopers together, in the army, during the conscription years. (Around 1970, I believe.) He told me that the best ideas come in three places: the bath, the bed, and the bus. (He suggested the bus example might have been Edison, who had forgotten what he thought of in bed the previous night, and remembered when he climbed on a bus. Fact checking needed… The bath legend was Archimedes, understanding water displacement, and shouting “Eureka!”)
I was lying awake, every now and then recording some ideas (that is now my preferred method of taking thoughts down, anytime, anywhere), and every now and then reading and sending email… yea… cellphones are evil. I do all this with my Nokia N70. I was pondering Johan Swarts’ encouragement for us to just start another organisation and be done with it.
Some time ago, I created the Facebook group Stellenbosch Humanists, with an invitation extended to all “humanists”. This group could possibly have become the organisation we are considering, however, “humanist” is still a label, and I don’t feel comfortable with it. (If you have not done so already, please read The Problem with Diversity, it is the defining post for the organisation.)
On Friday I created the I label myself as someone that rejects all labels group. (‘Nuff said.) This group just epitomises my feelings on the matter at the moment. The idea then, is to turn this into the organisation we want. I don’t know how good an idea it is, but for now, it will have to do.
We don’t want a virtual community only, this thing has to be real, so we have to meet. As such, I just created the Stellenbosch Branch, for people in the Stellenbosch area. (Feel free to create other branches as necessary. If you do, you can let me know in the comments below.) What is the membership requirements or membership policy? Everyone is welcome!. Yes… everyone. Anyone and everyone that feels they want to join in the conversation, can join. Anything goes. Anything can be discussed, anything can be said, anything can be joked about.
For those not on Facebook, thinktoomuch.net will serve as Mecca for the time being. (Until such time as something better comes along.)
Spread the Word! Spread the Good News! Shout it from the mountain tops!
I hope to see you there.
Just over 30 minutes. Not bad. Now I gotta go sleep.