Pill Mills & Addiction – we need a different approach

Pill Mill Alternatives

My county has a problem and we seem incapable of dealing with it.

We need a more rational response to the problem of addiction

For a while, FL had a problem with pill mills. These were pain clinics where doctors prescribed heave duty pain meds. The problem was we had a lot of them and people were addicted to the pain meds and if you could afford it, you could get your addiction treated legally. The problem is that even legal drug addiction kills.  At one point 4 people a day in Florida were dying from drug oxycodone overdose.

If Florida was the pill mill capital of the country, my region was the pill mill capital of Florida. In a 2 county area we had 50 pill mills and in my county alone, we had 83 deaths in a single year.  

By 2010, we had decided to shut down the pill mills.  (see: http://www.tbo.com/news/crime/florida-heals-from-pill-mill-epidemic-20140830/)

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Bernie Sanders’ Humanism

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.

Bernie Sanders Humanist

“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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Black Lives Matter – Again

Black Lives Matter – Again

I have no idea why this is a controversial issue among Humanists. But it apparently is.

Create the change that is needed - Humanism

The summer 2015 issue of The Humanist Magazine was on whether black lives matter to Humanists. http://thehumanist.com/ – The conclusion of the magazine was yes, of course they do. For me also the answer is yes of course. If Humanism is silent on the main civil rights issue of our time, then it has no claim to ethics at all.

Unfortunately, some “humanists” think Humanism is only about not being religious and that we should restrict ourselves to that topic. I disagree. If you are only interested in being an atheist, then you are an atheist, not a Humanist. Humanism is about the applied ethics of compassion! Ours is not a religious ethic, but it is a compassionate ethic and that is what defines us a Humanists!  Failure to act on our compassion is a failure of our ethics. Humanism is about human agency. It’s about doing something to fix the problems of the world and to make the world better, for all humans and not just for a subset of them.

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Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Why Worry About the Future

How to cope with anxiety when it won’t do you any good.

Fear is Rarely Rational

We all worry about the future. For instance, right now I am waiting on some contracts that could change my life.  It’s a bit nerve wracking. Or it should be. Mostly – I just keep plodding along hoping for the best not really spending much time thinking about it.

How do I manage to stay so calm? Well, practice.  Meditation helps, certainly. But I also understand that the best way to ensure a good future is for me to actively work towards it.

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What we say matters

Language’s Slippery Slope

Why the words we choose really do matter. And why harmless teasing is rarely harmless.

No JerksSuddenly, I find that I’m a rabid feminist.  I didn’t mean to be. I’m actually a Humanist and I really like men. Most men anyway. My husband for sure.

Anyway, a fellow Humanist who will remain nameless because this isn’t about him, called a female politician a cunt who should suck his dick because he was mad she had made a racist comment. I have been banned from this man’s page for pointing out how incredibly rude and sexist his comment was. I’m ok with that. I actually normally like his blog so I was a bit shocked when he banned me over this but if he isn’t ethical enough to admit he made a mistake, and apologize and move on, then so be it. That’s his problem.

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Confucianism, Humanism and Equal Rights

Confucianism, Humanism and Equal Rights

Why Humanism is relevant to social development.

Everyone should have the chance to contribute to society

There is an interesting essay in China Daily written by a guy name Thorsten, which leads me to believe he is European – see: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/opinion/2012-12/10/content_16000968.htm.  The title of the essay is Europes path to a new Humanism.  The author compares the Confucian system of education and society organization with that which has been in Europe. While I think the author presents a rather simplistic and therefore unrealistic view of what is happening in Europe, I still think this essay is worth contemplating.


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Because I said so – a lesson in Humanistic Parenting

Because I said so

Why kids not only have a right to know why there are rules, they need to know. A lesson in Humanistic Parenting.

Humanistic Parenting - discipline with reason, not fear

I am a Humanist parent. Recently I read an essay by Jon Rosemond, a parenting expert, who was talking about how important it is for a parent to say, “because I said so” to a child. His reasoning is that kids need to learn to respect authority because in the real world, they are going to need to obey authority. Also, he thinks kids aren’t capable of understanding an adult’s reasoning so there is no point in sharing your reasoning with a child.

Grrrrrrr

He’s wrong on both counts.

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The 4 Cs of Humanism – Defining Humanism

The 4 C’s of Humanism

Critical Thinking, Compassion, Courage, Commitment

Th 4 Cs' of Humanism

Defining Humanism is such a difficult thing to do. There is no easy way to say – this is what Humanism is and have that be the end of it. It is a life philosophy. It is vibrant and full of nuance, and that’s why it works so well. 

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Humanism and Supernaturalism

Humanism and Supernaturalism

Humanism is a natural philosophy meaning it rejects supernaturalism. Here’s why.

Everything that happens is natural. Supernaturalism is unnecessary.

Every once in a while I get a student who contacts me to interview me for a paper they are doing. The latest was a student who wanted to know what role, if any, supernaturalism plays in the Humanist philosophy. Because I thought these were excellent questions, I’ve decided to post her questions and my answers here.

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Humanism and Resiliency

Humanism and Resiliency

Why our heros inspire us to be the best that we can be and why that’s a good thing.

Who is Your Hero?

I was fortunate enough to be included in the latest edition of Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism journal.  Thanks John for including me, I truly am not worthy considering the quality of the articles in the journal.  One of them was from a man named Joachim Duyndam and his essay is titled “Humanism, Resilience, and the Hermenuetics of Exemplary Figures.”

And yes, that is a mouthful.  However, working my way through it I thought he had something very important to say about what Humanism is and how we as Humanists can use it. It has to do with resiliency. Now, there is no good way to cut to the chase on this, so I am going to provide a summary of his arguments.


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