I’m new here, but I was interested in joining because the Center for Inquiry essentially shares the same goals as the Non-Profit organization that I’m trying to start, called The WhY? Movement.
Essentially, The WhY? Movement seeks to empower and encourage people to ask “why?” (of themselves, society, and authority), because I feel that not asking “why?” is the root of much of the world’s ignorance and stupidity; in essence, because of a general lack of critical inquiry.
The WhY? Movement was inspired by Paulo Freire who, in his book Pedagogy of the Oppressed, said
“Education does not and cannot serve the interests of the oppressor…no oppressive order could permit the oppressed to begin to question why”.
And by Socrates, who said
“The unexamined life is not worth living”
With the latter, though, I think of it as “the unexamined political opinion is not worth having”.
The reason it’s “WhY?” is because I’ve actually designed and trademarked a symbol for this movement, which is the word “why?” in one symbol (a capital “Y” combined with a “?”). I hope that the sight of this symbol will eventually inspire people to ask “why?”, much like the Peace Symbol inspires people to think of peace.
The reason why I’ve trademarked it is because I don’t want some corporate pig to exploit this symbol and turn it into the butt of an ironic joke. The Peace symbol is now printed in sweatshops in countries that violently crack down on dissent and critical inquiry, and I don’t want people who are not allowed/encouraged/empowered to ask why to have to see this cruel reminder to do so.
Anyway, if you’d like to check “us” out, the webpage is:
and our facebook page is http://www.facebook.com/thewhymovement
Also, attached is a .jpg image of The WhY? Movement’s “card”.
Now that I’ve said all of this, and made my introductions, do any of you have any suggestions about how I can help this movement grow, and thus empower and encourage more people to ask “why?”.
Note (added later): the first time I posted this, I totally forget my manners and forgot to say my name!
So yes, my name is James Clarke