• Transformers Rescue Bot Answers The Meaning of Life

    boulderWhen I was a kid, I was a big fan of is now called Transformers G1. Now that I have kids, I love that they are really into the current generation of Transformers… The Rescue Bots.

    Last week’s episode titled, “I Have Heard the Robots Singing” was their musical episode in which all the characters are forced to sing what they say due to a tech-gone-wrong special voice enhancer. During the episode, many of the main characters get their own musical solo and the Transformer named Boulder has a great one. I would title his song, “That’s What Planet Earth Means To Me” or “The Meaning of Life!” Have a listen:

    I bring this up because religious believers often claim that life without the promise of eternal paradise is a life without meaning. They often claim that atheists have no purpose in life and that for us, life is meaningless.

    For many atheists and humanists, the meaning of life is living life! Boulder does a great job in a brief one-minute song of advocating for the humanist positions. His song is about wonder and curiosity. It is about experiencing the world and loving others. It was Carl Sagan and Neil deGrasse Tyson for kids.

    More of this please! Forget about creating lovable atheist sitcom characters, we need pro-science characters in kids cartoons. Teach kids about science and critical thinking and religion will die out within a generation or two.

    What are other good pro-science cartoon characters that inspire you and who can be good role models for kids? Leave a comment below.

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    Article by: Staks Rosch

    Staks Rosch is a writer for the Skeptic Ink Network & Huffington Post, and is also a freelance writer for Publishers Weekly. Currently he serves as the head of the Philadelphia Coalition of Reason and is a stay-at-home dad.