312: Why do we still cry out in times of crisis?

Bart Campolo doesn’t believe in God anymore. But recently, while attempting to ride a new tandem bicycle for the first time, he fell, damaging his wrist, and immediately cried out: “Why? Why me!”

It seems to be instinctive behavior for homo sapiens, but how should we think about it? Is it good to ‘lean in’ to these instincts, or should we try to avoid personifying the universe and crying out for help in this way? Some thoughts on the subject in this episode of Humanize Me.

Takeaways: We’re evolved creatures, with evolved instincts. But we’re also able to think about our responses and biases, and analyze how our mind works. Bart thinks there are some lessons from meditation. Bart and John talk about how ‘crying out’ manifests within culture, and about safe communities where crying out can be accommodated in a healthy, caring way.


By | 2022-08-10T03:42:23+00:00 May 25th, 2018|Podcast|

About the Author:

Bart Campolo is a secular community builder, counselor and writer who currently serves as the Humanist Chaplain at the University of Cincinnati. Listen to his podcast HERE!