The re-tooling of my practice of writing this daily essay about my process of being a secular humanist requires me to clarify for myself what I want to share and how. This is part of my daily practice throughout each day, but I try to focus on one idea or process every morning for this blog, which I routinely write between 9 AM and 10 AM.
Some readers of the blog interpret it as simply a rant or a vanity pamphlet of political-social opinion. That is a legitimate criticism, but it misses one important aspect of the blog. It misses that I take these ideas seriously and try to work with them as part of my humanist practice. In other words, I support causes which are consistent with these ideas. I write to those in power to share my personal ethical perspective on issues. I join protests of injustice by signing petitions and giving support I am able to give.
Anonymous ranting (trolling) on the Web is a hobby for some. I find it annoying. Help-rejecting complaining in many cases. This is part of social dysfunction, not a remedy.
This blog represents no sectarian positions. It is an individual's expression of an individual daily practice of living ethically, peacefully and justly. Practice means trying harder and harder to live ethically, peacefully and justly in each moment of each day. I hypothesize that the human species can live ethically, peacefully and justly in society only if all individuals in the species are educated from childhood to a life of practicing these values every day. I do not believe this kind of world peace can be imposed by force. I believe force begets force. This is simply basic physics: Each action causes an equal and opposing reaction.