I am a bright.
Yes, I wrote that right.
Bright is normally used as an adjective, and if I was saying I'm bright that would seem very immodest.
Being a bright is different though. It simply means that I recognize myself as being free of belief in the upernatural, that I'm a free thinker and I don't need any form of supernaturalism (read gods, spirits, afterlife) to give meaning to my life.
The brights movement is also a social experiment: it was launched as a positive alternative to the often pejorative connotation that qualificatives like atheist, agnositc or rationnalist have, especially in certain regions of the world where religious dogma looks down on people with a more different and down-to-earth world-view.
The brights movement is also a larger umbrella that acts like a superset of all the movements that have in common one thing: a naturalistic approach to the world.
It isn't about being shallow minded, arrogant, disrespectful or intolerant, also I'm sure detractors will brandish those terms loosely. On the contrary, it's about embracing the diversity of life and trying to make sense of the world through our senses and our intelligence and to understand it better through our thirst for knowledge.
It's about being able to say I don't know without feeling the need to weave an improbable web of unlikely propositions and call them truths just so you can think you know.
It's mightily hard to shake off the belief in the supernatural -it ironically comes so naturally to us-, but to live without fear of an hypothetical and improbable beyond, without fear of retribution by an invisible hand, is to live free, in this world, now.
To those who believe that that much freedom is too dangerous, be it for moral or social order, I'd say they need to do a bit of research on the subject. They could start with the web site of the brights movement for instance.