Secularism. A word of many interpretations and meanings.
According to Wikipedia, secularism is:
…the principle of separation between government institutions and the persons mandated to represent the State from religious institutions and religious dignitaries. In one sense, secularism may assert the right to be free from religious rule and teachings, and the right to freedom from governmental imposition of religion upon the people within a state that is neutral on matters of belief.
While to www.infidels.org:
…believes in building a home here, in this world. It trusts to individual effort, to energy, to intelligence, to observation and experience rather than to the unknown and the supernatural. It desires to be happy on this side of the grave.
But have you ever wondered what it was to senior high school student living in a third-world, predominantly Christian country?
To me (yes, I haven’t finished high school yet), Secularism is concerning yourself with what is tangible, real, and around you. It is about rejecting the supernatural, religious dogmas, and belief about the afterlife.
It is about questioning everything for the sake of progression, self-improvement, and the intellectual betterment of those around you. Questioning from what your science teacher tells you, to those religious leaders who claim purity and chastity.
It’s about being human and wondering at the immense vastness of our Universe and sticking to reality.