Welcome to The Practical Humanist on Blogger. This is my 1200th posting under this title on Blogger. There are an additional 567 posts at Buddha's Pillow here on Blogger as well. I began posting here in 2005. Both blogs have archives and tag indices. So you may want to browse some of the tags for topics of personal interest. The Practical Humanist is still active on Facebook. I will be posting on Facebook daily. My Facebook page is non-commercial. I do not generate ads on the page. Any ads which may be seen on the page are from Facebook.
The Practical Humanist and Buddha's Pillow are written expressions of my own personal practice at being an ethical and responsible human being. I earned the bulk of my living as a registered nurse. I am now retired. I am not an academic. I am not a professional philosopher. I have an educational background in cellular biology, chemistry and nursing care/administration. I was raised in a Roman Catholic home. I received 15 tears of Catholic education, taught by nuns, Jesuit priests and lay Catholic teachers. After my college years, I spent several decades studying and practicing forms of Eastern thought, including Hinduism and Buddhism.
I do not belong to or practice any religion. I do not believe there are any patriarchal or even humanoid gods who manage the Universe. I believe this is a primitive point of view in the light of Science and the human progress it drives. I believe the Universe is what it is: A largely vacuous void dotted with concentrations of energy (stars) which provide the heat and light to support the evolution of complex life forms from basic elements. The Universe is fascinating and mysterious in itself, since the human mind and technology is unable to explain it with any certainty...and may never be able to fully comprehend it. Who needs religion in the face of this knowledge?
I derive comfort and sustenance from accepting life as it is through the daily practice of healthy living and meditation. This is the core of my daily humanist practice, which aspires to ethical and responsible living within my environment. I am a proponent of non-violence, social equality, economic justice and fully socialist-democratic government (not our current corporate plutocracy in the U.S.). I hope not only for separation of state and religion. I hope for religious-free states worldwide. I believe the peaceful future of the human species can only be assured by the wedding of personal practice by educated individuals and the application of evolving science in all areas to global governance.
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