Voi hyvä tavaton! 1961, Esa Saario, Maikki Länsiö, alunperin Peter Sellers & Sophia Loren 'Goodness Gracious Me!' (1960), säv. David Lee-Herbert Kretzmer, suom. san. Saukki.
Humanists today, who claim to take a wholly secular view of things, scoff at mysticism and religion. But the unique status of humans is hard to defend, and even to understand, when it is cut off from any idea of transcendence. In a strictly naturalistic view -- one in which the world is taken on its own terms, without reference to a creator or any spiritual realm -- there is no hierarchy of value with humans at the top. There are simply multifarious animals, each with their own needs. Human uniqueness is a myth inherited from religion, which humanists have recycled into science.
Pursued consistently, scientific inquiry acts to undermine myth. But life without myth is impossible, so science has become a channel for myths -- chief among them, a myth of salvation through science. When truth is at odds with meaning, it its meaning that wins.
The evidence of science and history is that humans are only ever partly and intermittently rational, but for modern humanists the solution is simple: human beings must in future be more reasonable. These enthusiasts for reason have not noticed that the idea that humans may one day be more rational requires a greater leap of faith than anything in religion.
The idea of self-realization is one of the most destructive of modern fictions. It suggests you can flourish in only one sort of life, or a small number of similar lives, when in fact everybody can thrive in a large variety of ways. We think of a happy life as one that culminates in eventual fulfilment.