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Humanist blog for March 28, 2016

Mark Twain provides us some wisdom.

 “It ain’t what you know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.”

Humanists base their beliefs on proof, evidence and reason.


Here are some humanists and non-believers you might recognize

Mark Twain – author
Ted Turner – founder of UN Foundation
Jesse Ventura – governor
Gore Vidal- author
Oscar Wilde – playwright
Virginia Woolf – author
Bruce Willis – actor


What do humanists believe?

 Anyone can be a good person without having a belief in a supernatural being.

Believing in a supernatural is irrelevant to being a good person.

The efforts to make a better world rest in the hands of humans.

Although we humans may wish for a better world, we can not expect assistance from a supernatural being which might not exist.

Humanists respect the role of science and base their beliefs on claims supported by evidence.

They believe that a person should want to be good and do good things, and that not believing in a supernatural is neither a barrier nor an excuse.


Did you know?

The number of “religiously unaffiliated” continues to climb.

The statistics for Americans with no religious affiliation: 16.1% in 2007. 20% in 2012. 22.8% in 2015. About 75 million Americans have no affiliation with a religion.

32% of Americans under age 30 are religiously unaffiliated.


About Ben Adhem (a classic poem)

BY LEIGH HUNT

Abou Ben Adhem (may his tribe increase!)
Awoke one night from a deep dream of peace,
And saw, within the moonlight in his room,
Making it rich, and like a lily in bloom,
An angel writing in a book of gold:—
Exceeding peace had made Ben Adhem bold,
And to the presence in the room he said,

“What writest thou?”—The vision raised its head,
And with a look made of all sweet accord,
Answered, “The names of those who love the Lord.”
“And is mine one?” said Abou. “Nay, not so,”
Replied the angel. Abou spoke more low,
But cheerly still; and said, “I pray thee, then,
Write me as one that loves his fellow men.”

The angel wrote, and vanished. The next night
It came again with a great wakening light,
And showed the names whom love of God had blest,
And lo! Ben Adhem’s name led all the rest.


WHAT (would the world be like) IF…?

 We all realized that everything we want to do for ourself and for others, we must do in this life.


What readers say about the ebook HUMANISM: THE TEN MOST ASKED QUESTIONS

“The author does a great favor to those who want to understand the essence of Humanism without having to make a long study. He skillfully organizes the key beliefs, values and definitions into a question/answer discussion.” E. B.

“People from traditional religions should find the book well worth their reading…I was impressed with the number of well-known people who are humanists. ..The author lists 28 links to further reading and resources. Pretty impressive!” M. S.

“Religious leaders have taught me all my life to be compassionate, caring, and generous and don’t cause harm. Humanists share these exact same values! This little book clarifies that “good people” are not determined based on being a believer or non-believer.” C. B.

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To be a good person and do good things, it’s not necessary to have a belief in a supernatural being.