Yes, it’s been a while. When you get older, life has a way of cutting into your leisure time. I hope to get back to more in-depth blog posts sometime soon. But for now, I’ll have to be happy sharing a few good quotes. I hope they will illuminate your understanding of Humanism. (I will also have to learn to better use the new WordPress “Block” editor!)
“We are here because one odd group of fishes had a peculiar fin anatomy that could transform into legs for terrestrial creatures; because the earth never froze entirely during an ice age; because a small and tenuous species, arising in Africa a quarter of a million years ago, has managed, so far, to survive by hook and by.
— Stephen J. Gould interview, Life magazine (December 1988)
“I do not believe in God, because I believe in man. Whatever his mistakes, man has for thousands of years been working to undo the botched job your god has made. There are … some potentates I would kill by any and all means at my disposal. They are Ignorance, Superstition, and Bigotry — the most sinister and tyrannical rulers on earth.”
EMMA GOLDMAN, 1898 Speech titled, “Living My Life” in Detroit
“In India, as elsewhere in our darkening world, religion is the poison in the blood. Where religion intervenes, mere innocence is no excuse. Yet we go on skating around this issue, speaking of religion in the fashionable language of ‘respect.’ What is there to respect in any of this, or in any of the crimes now being committed almost daily around the world in religion’s dreaded name?”
— SALMON RUSHDIE, “Slaughter in the Name of God,” Washington Post (March 8, 2002)
“I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation, whose purposes are modeled after our own—a God, in short, who is but a reflection of human frailty. Neither can I believe that the individual survives the death of his body, although feeble souls harbor such thoughts through fear or ridiculous egotism. It is enough for me to contemplate the mystery of conscious life perpetuating itself through all eternity, to reflect upon the marvelous structure of the universe which we can dimly perceive, and to try humbly to comprehend even an infinitesimal part of the intelligence manifested in nature.”
— ALBERT EINSTEIN, column for The New York Times, Nov. 9, 1930 (reprinted in The New York Times obituary, April 19, 1955
“See the world as a skeptic, not a cynic,
while allowing for the wan possibility of human decency.”
― PETE HAMMILL, Piecework: Writings on Men & Women, Fools and Heroes, Lost Cities, Vanished Calamities and How the Weather Was
Skepticism is my nature, freethought is my methodology, agnosticism is my conclusion
after 25 years of being in the ministry, and
atheism is my opinion
– JERRY DeWITT, CNN Interview (July 22, 2013)
Great collection of quotes!
Have read these before, but wish their comments would be read by everyone, not only the choir.
The only was humanity can survive is if we adhere to the principles of humanism, and relegate religion to the dustbin of history.
I was just reading the quote from Robert Ingersoll that is on my fridge.
“Who can overestimate the progress of the world if all the money, and time, wasted on superstition could be used to elevate, enlighten, and civilize mankind. ”
I have just come across Paul Kurtz’s Affirmations of Humanism.
It shows how people can conduct their lives without the need for ancient belief systems.
I will reread some of your previous postings.