The narrative I live by is the humanist narrative that if we are looking for morality, if we’re looking for vices and virtues, we can find them both in humanity—in human creations, human culture, humanity’s endeavor to develop our reason or our emotions and not only relationships between humans, but with the animal world and our environment.
I think that is a superior source of morality and a superior source of spirituality even than to any form of organized religion. God doesn’t answer back. That’s the problem. Humans can. You can talk to them and you can improve on what humans have said and done. You can’t improve on what an invisible entity might say or think because you don’t know.
In Their Own Words is recorded in Big Think’s studio.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali: The change we are talking about for the Muslim world is essentially a change where we hope that Muslim individuals will be emancipated from their own concept of a God, submission to the will of Allah.