Bernie Sander’s Humanism
Bernie Sanders may not self identify as a Humanist, but he sure sounds and acts like one. no wonder my hubby is smitten with him.
“The problems we face did not come down from the heavens. They are made, they are made by bad human decisions, and good human decisions can change them.” – Bernie Sanders.
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Wondering about Happiness
What is Happiness? Why should you care? Is Happiness something you can buy?
It’s funny. I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about or worrying about happiness. That’s strange because I write about how to be happy a lot. But I don’t spend much time worrying about it myself, because, I’m basically happy.
But what is happiness? Why do I spend time writing about happiness when I myself don’t worry about it? And heck, is happiness something you can buy? After all I do sell books about how to be happy. Do they work?
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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?
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.
How would you recommend explaining your secularism to religious friends/family whom you don’t want to hurt relationships with?
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There can be no reasons
There is no absolute basis for ethics. It is all subjective and it’s all situational. Get over it and get on with trying to be a good person.
The main drawback of being a “philosopher” for a living is that you have to deal with minutia experts. These are people who are a bit obsessive about making sure everything in their philosophy fits perfectly. Even if they like something and agree with it in principal and practice it as a person, they feel compelled to seek out the nooks and crannies to satisfy themselves that everything is as they should be. What they seek is a perfect philosophy. The problem is that there is no such thing as a perfect philosophy.
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Let Me Get This Straight
As a Humanist, I feel that the ideal way to solve problems is to understand the problem. After all, if you are trying to solve a problem you don’t have, you will often make the problems you do have worse. When it comes to solving problems, reality matters. It is in this spirit that the Fortune magazine review of the Fast and Furious scandal is important.
Basically, we have been led to believe that Fast and Furious was an operation run by ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) that allowed the sale of guns to gun runners who were running guns for the drug cartels in Mexico. It was supposed to be the Obama Administrations failure to correct a problem that occurred under Bush. Congressional Republicans have been investigating this and have even held the Attorney General Holder in contempt for failing to turn over documents related to the investigation into why a gun bought in the US was able to be used in a shooting of a US agent.
The problem is that, according to Fortune, what really happened indicates that what they think happened isn’t what happened.
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