Happy Holidays from Never Thought To Question Why

This isn’t a personal blog, today is an exception. In fact I wont even be promoting this entry on any of the social networking sites that I usually do. I have a few things I would like to share with all of the people following this blog before the holidays:

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Adopted in December 1948 this still stands as a document that should apply to every human being and, hopefully someday, be enforced with the power of law universally.

I would update it to include more rights for same sex couples and to include freedom of and freedom from religion.

Declaration

The Secular Humanist Principles

Humanists trace their values back as far as Plato and are nicely summarized nicely by Paul Kurtz on the Council For Secular Humanism Website.

I put these in a  nicely formatted word document, printed them, framed them and hung them on my wall. Here’s a copy you can experiment with. Moral excellence

Carl Sagan

The anniversary of his death was yesterday (December 20th). I found some words of remembrance around the net and would like to post a speech of his that I find nicely summarizes a value that he and I share and he was able to express more eloquently than I ever could.

If only everyone seen the world this way. R.I.P Carl. We will miss you.

Bill Hicks

His birthday just passed (December 16th) and so I wanted to share the really great piece of wisdom he used to end his shows with.

Some More Wisdom

“Recognize that the very molecules that make up your body, the atoms that construct the molecules, are traceable to the crucibles that were once the centers of high mass stars that exploded their chemically rich guts into the galaxy, enriching pristine gas clouds with the chemistry of life. So that we are all connected to each other biologically, to the earth chemically and to the rest of the universe atomically. That’s kinda cool! That makes me smile and I actually feel quite large at the end of that. It’s not that we are better than the universe, we are part of the universe. We are in the universe and the universe is in us.” -Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Video Link.

“More fundamental than religion is our basic human spirituality. We have a basic human disposition towards love, kindness and affection, irrespective of whether we have a religious framework or not. When we nurture this most basic human resource – when we set about cultivating those basic inner values which we all appreciate in others, then we start to live spiritually.” -Dalia Lama

What do all these things have in common?

These are kinds of things we should be remembering at the holidays. No mythical prophets, no toxic religions, no fear or hatred just love and compassion for ourselves, friends, family, humanity and the world we share together. Real life gets busy and so we all sometimes forget but even the occasional reflection of these values on any holiday would do the world a lot of good. The holidays are a reminder of how lucky we are to even be alive and the significant good we can do living according to values that put people first. These are the things that the holidays mean to me.

Happy Holidays everyone and I will see you all after Boxing Day.

 

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