We have to stop white flight
Love me I’m a liberal
I meet Humanists – who don’t like to go to certain neighborhoods because – they are scared. That’s a black neighborhood!
If we are to end the subjugation of black communities, the killing of black youth by white people without consequence, and black bodies which are being sold into a new slavery that is the privatized prison system, then we whites, need to stop fleeing from our black brothers and sisters.
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Humanism in Government
Does humanism type of ideology exist in the past in governmental doctrines&policies of its practice? This question from K. I.
Great question! The answer is yes. It is often invoked, sometimes inappropriately to promote or justify government decisions. And like all philosophies can be misused.
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5 Stages of Grief from an Operant Conditioning Perspective
The 5 stages of grief are a perfect example of an extinction burst. This knowledge can help you not only experience grief more quickly, but get to acceptance more easily.
The 5 stages of grief are listed as:
- And acceptance.
These stages don’t necessarily occur in order and different people spend a different amount of time in each stage. The final stage being acceptance. For more on the stages of grief and how people experience them visit this psych central article: http://psychcentral.com/lib/the-5-stages-of-loss-and-grief/000617
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Silence is Betrayal
Why all wars are wars on the poor – and while the military is a jobs program – that money would be better spent elsewhere.
I understand the need for a military and a police force. I really do. Having the ability to put down threats is necessary – but excessive military does more harm than good because it skews our priorities and our understanding of problems and how we solve them. When people think in a military way – all problems end up having a military solution, even if that makes things worse.
It is impossible to separate the politics of war out from the politics of poverty. For every dime we spent waging war, that is a dime we do not spend feeding the homeless.
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Why Atheism isn’t Enough
Humanism rejects all forms of supernaturalism. Here’s Why
With all due respect to Stephen Law, who in a recent article argued that naturalism should not be a pre-requisite for Humanism and that atheism was sufficient. http://stephenlaw.blogspot.com/2014/09/secular-humanism-dont-define-it-as.html I disagree. Law made this argument apparently because there are lots of people who don’t reject supernaturalism but who are atheists and these people should feel welcome under the Humanist tent. I disagree.
And it’s not because I’m a strident atheist. It’s just that rejection of theism isn’t enough. There is a reason why most Humanists reject all forms of supernaturalism.
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Freethought and the practice of Humanism
Why Humanists celebrate Freethought Day
Humanists have our own holiday calendar. One of the holidays unique to Humanists is Freethought Day, which is the day we celebrate the end of the Salem Witch Trials, which is Oct 12th, in case you were wondering.
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Why raise the minimum wage?
The engine of the economy is consumers. Consumers buy the goods and create the market. Without consumers, there is no market.
Who are the consumers? Workers. If workers are unable to afford to purchase the goods they create and sell, there is no market and no economy.
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What the Big Idea? Stop Bullying.
Isn’t it time we actually learn what works to stop bullying?
As much as I hate to use buzz words, we are due for a paradigm shift when it comes to how we deal with bullying, harassment and discrimination in society. This is a problem that has plagued school children since forever. And even if we are lucky enough to survive childhood, the bullies follow us into the workforce.
The problem is so pervasive; most people have come to believe that there is nothing that can be done to stop bullying and harassment. But that isn’t true. There is something that can be done. Bullying and harassments are behaviors and they lend themselves to a behavioral solution.
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