Tag Archives: humanism

Will you say grace?

What do you do when asked to say grace?

My entire family, including fairly extended out, knows I am not religious, and most know I am atheist or at least Humanist, so I don’t really get asked often. My mom used to occasionally ask me in her attempt to get me to be more religious but she was also prepared for me to say no.

If I was asked at someone’s house, perhaps a friends parents, I would probably politely decline. Although after writing that sentence I realized that it would be better to have a Humanist grace on hand. Maybe something like this: Continue reading

Therapy Session II: Forgotten Elders

This post is inspired by this Tweet.

Many of you that follow me on Twitter know that my dad has been having health problems lately. He’s had several scary falls in the last few months & it’s become apparent he’s no longer able to live at home. He’s 72 & was in decent shape his whole life outside a 60-year long smoking habit he kicked a few years ago.

However, when he was 65 he had a bad motorcycle accident & hasn’t had use of his left arm since then. He did major damage to the nerves in his shoulder that left his arm basically paralyzed. He can move his hand & elbow a bit, but there’s no movement in his shoulder. This means that really can’t protect himself that well when he does fall. Luckily he hasn’t had any serious injuries from his falls…yet.

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Objective Morality

First, let’s define these two words:

ob·jec·tive
əbˈjektiv/
adjective

1. (of a person or their judgment) not influenced by personal feelings or opinions in considering and representing facts.
“historians try to be objective and impartial”
synonyms:    impartial, unbiased, unprejudiced, nonpartisan, disinterested, neutral, uninvolved, even-handed, equitable, fair, fair-minded, just, open-minded, dispassionate, detached, neutral
“I was hoping to get an objective and pragmatic report”

mo·ral·i·ty
məˈralədē/
noun

1. principles concerning the distinction between right and wrong or good and bad behavior.
synonyms:    ethics, rights and wrongs, ethicality More

Together it is “A set of principles concerning the distinction between right and wrong or good and bad behavior that is not influenced by personal feelings or opinions in considering and representing facts.”

In other words, if you have a standard of morality that cannot be influenced by your own feelings, you can have objective morality.

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Therapy Session

What does an atheist say to his dad that’s facing congestive heart failure? Well, I made a joke about death not being scary, it’s just like the billions of years before he lived.

Today my dad went into the hospital because of a fall. While there they figure out his heart is having trouble. When I left (my brother was there) they were taking him for chest x-rays, but before that, the doctor asked the question, “If his heart stops, do we try to resuscitate him?”

I thought I knew what my dad would say, but I told the doctor to ask him since he was of sound enough mind to answer that himself. I was somewhat shocked when he said, “If there’s a chance of it working, do it.”

I had expected a pretty solid ‘No.”

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