Nationalism is always a problem

Nationalism is always a problem

Why rampant nationalism should worry us all.

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In order to consider this topic, we must first define what nationalism is. Nationalism is the belief or creed of an individual who identifies with their nationality. It is a sense of identity that is tied to a nation or group of people.

The reason this is a problem is because when your sense of identity is tied to a nation, then you are moved to defend that nation as you would defend yourself. An attack on the nation is an attack on you.

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Antagonist vs. Accomodationist

Antagonist vs. Accomodationist

Why being accommodating is a good thing. 

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There have been a lot of arguments within the larger Freethought community about whether we should be engaging in antagonistic activism or whether our activism should be of an accommodating nature.  I am a Humanist so I tend towards being accomodating and not antagonistic.

What is the difference and why does this matter so much and why even though it matters we should all just chill the F out!

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The impact of blasphemy laws

The impact of blasphemy laws

Why countries that allow blasphemy are better than those that don’t.

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Humanists hate blasphemy laws. There is a very self-serving reason for this. We tend to commit blasphemy without even realizing it or trying to. You see, we don’t consider any topic taboo and we think everything is worth discussing. As a result, we sometimes ask questions that upset people of faith and it turns out that when people of faith can avoid an unpleasant conversation by having their neighbor killed, many opt to have their neighbor killed.  Obviously, this is a less than ideal way of dealing with disputes.

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What is Education?

What is Education?

Why are the humanities and Humanism so crucial to a good education?

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What is education and why do Humanists care so much about it?  Education is loosely defined as the imparting or acquiring of knowledge. So …. what is knowledge? Knowledge is the state of knowing what is true. So really education is a way to learn what is true and what isn’t. And this matters greatly.

When it comes to problem solving and even moral reasoning, it turns out that knowing what is true and what isn’t is often the difference between successfully solving your problem and failing. This is one of the reasons why Humanists care so much about education.

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Sacred vs. Secular

Secular Vs. Sacred:

What is the difference between secular and sacred and why do Humanists choose to focus on what is secular instead of sacred?

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Every so often I receive questions from people looking for advice on how to explain Humanism to family and friends.  Here is a question I received from Lynn.

Question:

How would you recommend explaining your secularism to religious friends/family whom you don’t want to hurt relationships with?

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Naked and Afraid

Naked and Afraid

What a TV show has taught me about being naked.

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I live in a culture that doesn’t like people to be naked. We all wear clothes and we have “private” areas that are to remain private until you are lucky enough to find someone to share your “private” bits with.

This antipathy towards nakedness has a long history. I have been reading the Bible and being naked is most definitely not considered ok in that book. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a naturist. I like my clothes. But I’ve recently started watching a show called Naked and Afraid. In the show, two survivalists, a man and a woman, are thrown into a remote area naked with only one survival tool each. They must fend for themselves against the elements for 21 days before being rescued.

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Happiness and Wellbeing at Work

Happiness and Wellbeing at Work

Why Humanist managers are concerned with happiness and wellbeing in the workplace.

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The Humanist Management Network along with the Centre for Research in Employment, Skills & Society (CRESS) at Kingston Business School, UK held a conference recently on Happiness and Wellbeing at work.

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The Problem is Fear

The problem is fear

What caused Trayvon Martin’s death? Fear.

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While I didn’t like the verdict of the Zimmerman trial, I think my friend Abraham made a good point. The system failed for all the right reasons. The standard of proof is beyond a reasonable doubt for a reason.  Regardless, that’s not what I want to talk about here.  What I want to talk about is why Trayvon was killed so that perhaps we can avoid these sorts of things happening in the future.

Zimmerman shot Trayvon because he was afraid. Of that I have no doubt. The question we should be asking isn’t whether he really was afraid. He clearly was.  The real question is SHOULD he have been afraid? And the answer to that question is no. Trayvon wasn’t a criminal; he was a teenager coming home from a junk food run. If Zimmerman had seen a kid trying to get home in the rain instead of a criminal up to no good, things would have turned out differently.

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