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  7. <title type="text">Humanvalues Weblog</title>
  8. <subtitle type="text">The Human Values Network Weblog (blog) offers visitors the opportunity to read and comment upon articles related to all aspects of Human Values, Ethics, and Human Rights.</subtitle>
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  19. <name>Beth</name>
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  22. <title type="html"><![CDATA[The End of Mankind]]></title>
  23. <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="https://www.humanvalues.net/blog/?p=333" />
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  25. <updated>2019-04-25T18:53:18Z</updated>
  26. <published>2019-04-25T18:32:27Z</published>
  27. <category scheme="https://www.humanvalues.net/blog" term="Religion" /><category scheme="https://www.humanvalues.net/blog" term="humanism" /><category scheme="https://www.humanvalues.net/blog" term="philosophy" /> <summary type="html"><![CDATA[The End of Mankind This pronouncement sounds scary and forbidding, but actually it&#8217;s an accounting of a win-win moment for &#8220;Humanist&#8221; progress, and a symbolic evolutionary triumph for half of us humans. So, don&#8217;t worry. This is a very happy story! The telling of this story is even a bit funny, as well, you&#8217;ll see, [&#8230;]]]></summary>
  28. <content type="html" xml:base="https://www.humanvalues.net/blog/?p=333"><![CDATA[<p><b><big><strong>The End of Mankind</strong></big></b></p>
  29. <p>This pronouncement sounds scary and forbidding, but actually it&#8217;s an accounting of a win-win moment for &#8220;Humanist&#8221; progress, and a symbolic evolutionary triumph for half of us humans. So, don&#8217;t worry. This is a very happy story! The telling of this story is even a bit funny, as well, you&#8217;ll see, after I describe a few moments of worrisome anxiety!</p>
  30. <p>But, first, let me preface the main theme of this story with a little preamble…that of my own experiencing increasing annoyance, over my growing-up years, to find insistence, in spite of continuing inquiries and doubts, that a creator of all the universe and life as we know it, is a man-god. I grieved, picturing him as probably bearded with a booming authoritative voice. But, what about Mother Nature?&#8230; I would plead. Mothers are the nurturers, the beings that give birth! And a source of love and protection! It&#8217;s through this rejection route, that I had become a NON-believer, resenting all traditional religion as being tribal, contrary to science, and based upon illusion. I hadn&#8217;t yet learned that I&#8217;m a Humanist. And, what an amazing revelation to accidentally happen-upon the great researched works of Corliss Lamont!</p>
  31. <p>And, even more amazing to be eventually welcomed into the physical presence of this great researcher, philosopher, author of <i>The Philosophy of Humanism</i>, Corliss Lamont, himself!</p>
  32. <p>His works had been based upon extensive historical written evidence, and his own inspired conjecture, but necessarily written in the traditional academic style for accreditation. Upon reading the 7th Edition of <i>The Philosophy of Humanism</i>, I was both inspired and dismayed by the almost obligatory use of that same word that crowds-out a vision of newly empowered womanhood. Sheesh! We&#8217;re hardly recognized, and didn&#8217;t even get to vote until 1920!</p>
  33. <p>Sister Humanist, Beverly Earles and I converged upon an amiable Corliss Lamont, with our sort-of giggly conspiratorial, but inspirational plot, to point out the book&#8217;s currant error. We took turns reading to Corliss from his own work, paragraph after paragraph, and inserting, instead of the traditional mankind, we used the word, very pointedly and with emphasis: WOMANKIND! This went on, without comment from Corliss, for part of a chapter.</p>
  34. <p>We cast worried glances at him. He was sitting with elbows on knees and head in hands, not giving any clue for us to gauge. Are we insulting him? Is this approach un-humanistic? Stop!</p>
  35. <p>Trying to sound brave and cheerful, I asked cautiously: &#8220;Well, Corliss, what do you think?&#8221;</p>
  36. <p>He looked-up brightly and surprised us both with his nodding approval and his reassuring response: &#8220;You know, you&#8217;ve got a good point there! This should be changed to Humankind! And so it was! The 8th Edition of <i>The Philosophy of Humanism</i> celebrates Humankind! And our devoted Editor carefully inserted ALL US humans into the new Edition.</p>
  37. <p><a href="https://www.corliss-lamont.org/philos8.htm" target="_blank" title="Learn more about the book." rel="noopener noreferrer">https://www.corliss-lamont.org/philos8.htm</a></p>
  38. <p><strong>Beth K. Lamont, <a href="https://www.weddingyourwaynewyork.com/" target="_blank" title="Visit my wedding officiant site." rel="noopener noreferrer">Humanist Celebrant</a></strong>, and author of <i><strong><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/0578007827" target="_blank" title="Buy the book!" rel="noopener noreferrer">Lefties Are In Their Right Minds</a></strong></i></p>
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  46. <name>Beth</name>
  47. <uri>http://www.corliss-lamont.org/</uri>
  48. </author>
  49. <title type="html"><![CDATA[Beware the ISM Schizim!]]></title>
  50. <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="https://www.humanvalues.net/blog/?p=330" />
  51. <id>https://www.humanvalues.net/blog/?p=330</id>
  52. <updated>2019-04-24T18:49:33Z</updated>
  53. <published>2019-04-24T18:49:33Z</published>
  54. <category scheme="https://www.humanvalues.net/blog" term="Politics" /><category scheme="https://www.humanvalues.net/blog" term="government" /><category scheme="https://www.humanvalues.net/blog" term="politics" /><category scheme="https://www.humanvalues.net/blog" term="socialism" /> <summary type="html"><![CDATA[Beware the ISM Schizim! Three little letters of the alphabet, harmless in appearance, are still creating havoc in this bewildered &#8220;would be&#8221; Democracy! How on Earth can it be, that these three little letters cause such harm? Does this sound impossible? But, here&#8217;s the case in point: CAPITAL, FOR INSTANCE: Without expenditure or investment of [&#8230;]]]></summary>
  55. <content type="html" xml:base="https://www.humanvalues.net/blog/?p=330"><![CDATA[<p><b><big><strong>Beware the ISM Schizim!</strong></big></b></p>
  56. <p>Three little letters of the alphabet, harmless in appearance, are still creating havoc in this bewildered &#8220;would be&#8221; Democracy!</p>
  57. <p>How on Earth can it be, that these three little letters cause such harm? Does this sound impossible? But, here&#8217;s the case in point:</p>
  58. <p>CAPITAL, FOR INSTANCE: Without expenditure or investment of Capital, there can be NO creation of alternative energies for the purpose of countering the impending climate change danger!</p>
  59. <p>Investment in science and technology, is essential, and in food production and businesses, all work&#8230; that creates paychecks!</p>
  60. <p>CAPITAL IS IMPORTANT! ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY FOR LIVING! We&#8217;re in complete agreement at this point as to definition. OK?</p>
  61. <p>Another truth, regards a beautiful, Human-connectedness word:</p>
  62. <p>SOCIAL! This concept is also essential, and necessary for living!</p>
  63. <p>Let&#8217;s start with the meaning of Social. We ARE social beings&#8230;our Family, our Friends, our co-workers, our community! And what about all the pluses? SOCIAL SECURITY! Yea! Also, hooray for Franklin D! Our human connectedness, and now, Social Media.</p>
  64. <p>We have new tools in our hands that now give us People Power!</p>
  65. <p>Are we all still on the same page? We&#8217;re agreeing Social is good! Capital is good! There you have it! Two important concepts! Two GOOD words! We&#8217;re in complete agreement at this point. OK?</p>
  66. <p>Now, add those three scary little letters, creating havoc: &#8220;ISM&#8221;.</p>
  67. <p>And, now what do we get? Omygod! No! Never! Not Socialism!!!</p>
  68. <p>Some Folks get the knee-jerk reaction: &#8220;No, not the Evil Empire!&#8221;</p>
  69. <p>And a tumult of Red Scare accusations, and a century of fear and propaganda against the ideals of Karl Marx comes pouring out! The hope of the Russians for Workers of the World to Unite, and to thereby benefit Human conditions, has been thwarted, and now we face even greater danger: a Mushroom-shaped Cloud.</p>
  70. <p>The same switcharooney occurs when you add those same three scary little letters &#8220;ISM&#8221; to the good word Capital, and now, how shocking, but inevitable, you get a whole different thing! It&#8217;s no longer just investment for development, but this word describes the Economic System that&#8217;s called Capitalism, a virtual CASINO, the whole point of which is to MAKE PROFIT! This is a market in which there are absolutely no ethical or moral considerations.</p>
  71. <p>A sad fact, that president Eisenhower warned us about, is that WAR is profitable, and unfortunately, for some investors, the making of profit is more important than the well-being of the People and the Planet. This system empowers the wealthy, who might operate without conscience, and dominate politically.</p>
  72. <p>An Essay entitled <a href="https://www.humanvalues.net/blog/?p=90" title="Read the 'Code of Ethics for a Corporation' post.">Code of Ethics for a Corporation</a> follows.</p>
  73. <p>But, the point made here is that these three little letters of the alphabet, and their hapless application to some perfectly good words, turn TRUTH and HUMAN SURVIVAL around completely!</p>
  74. <p>These are my words of caution! Beware the &#8220;ISM&#8221; SCHIZIM!</p>
  75. <p><strong>Beth K. Lamont, <a href="https://www.weddingyourwaynewyork.com/" target="_blank" title="Visit my wedding officiant site." rel="noopener noreferrer">Humanist Celebrant</a></strong>, and author of <i><strong><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/0578007827" target="_blank" title="Buy the book!" rel="noopener noreferrer">Lefties Are In Their Right Minds</a></strong></i></p>
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  83. <name>Beth</name>
  84. <uri>http://www.corliss-lamont.org/</uri>
  85. </author>
  86. <title type="html"><![CDATA[Moosical Holiday Greetings]]></title>
  87. <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="https://www.humanvalues.net/blog/?p=308" />
  88. <id>https://www.humanvalues.net/blog/?p=308</id>
  89. <updated>2019-03-22T04:41:56Z</updated>
  90. <published>2018-12-21T00:39:51Z</published>
  91. <category scheme="https://www.humanvalues.net/blog" term="General" /><category scheme="https://www.humanvalues.net/blog" term="video" /> <summary type="html"><![CDATA[Holiday greetings from Beth, who hopes for peace in the world in the New Year. Thought you might enjoy this short but cute holiday &#8220;moosical&#8221; animation video clip (running&#160;time: 2&#160;minutes 17&#160;seconds). May the coming New Year be happier! From Beth and the Webmaster. Download this video in MPEG-4 Part 10 AVC/AAC-LC 244&#215;248 format (right-click and [&#8230;]]]></summary>
  92. <content type="html" xml:base="https://www.humanvalues.net/blog/?p=308"><![CDATA[<p>Holiday greetings from Beth, who hopes for peace in the world in the New Year.</p>
  93. <p>Thought you might enjoy this short but cute holiday &#8220;moosical&#8221; animation video clip (running&nbsp;time: 2&nbsp;minutes 17&nbsp;seconds).</p>
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  95. <p><em>May the coming New Year be happier!</em></p>
  96. <p>From Beth and the Webmaster.</p>
  97. <p><strong>Download this video in MPEG-4 Part 10 AVC/AAC-LC 244&#215;248 format</strong><br />
  98. <span class="nowrap">(right-click</span> and <span class="nowrap">&#8220;Save As&#8230;&#8221;</span> to download):</p>
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  101. (MPEG-4 AVC/AAC &#8212; 3,567,773 bytes)</p>
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  110. <name>Beth</name>
  111. <uri>http://www.corliss-lamont.org/</uri>
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  113. <title type="html"><![CDATA[DEMOCRACY! NOT HYPOCRISY!]]></title>
  114. <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="https://www.humanvalues.net/blog/?p=276" />
  115. <id>http://www.humanvalues.net/blog/?p=276</id>
  116. <updated>2018-11-06T18:46:28Z</updated>
  117. <published>2018-11-06T04:26:45Z</published>
  118. <category scheme="https://www.humanvalues.net/blog" term="Politics" /><category scheme="https://www.humanvalues.net/blog" term="government" /><category scheme="https://www.humanvalues.net/blog" term="politics" /><category scheme="https://www.humanvalues.net/blog" term="socialism" /> <summary type="html"><![CDATA[DEMOCRACY! NOT HYPOCRISY! A screaming problem with our long-hoped-for Democracy is the unlimited Campaign contributions that gives us the &#8220;best democracy that money can buy!&#8221; This amounts to, instead, an hypocrisy, that needs to be amended! Just think of that! What we have is an hypocrisy! Not a democracy! And wealthy donors have more power [&#8230;]]]></summary>
  119. <content type="html" xml:base="https://www.humanvalues.net/blog/?p=276"><![CDATA[<p><b><big><strong>DEMOCRACY! NOT HYPOCRISY!</strong></big></b></p>
  120. <p>A screaming problem with our long-hoped-for Democracy is the unlimited Campaign contributions that gives us the &#8220;best democracy that money can buy!&#8221; This amounts to, instead, an hypocrisy, that needs to be amended! Just think of that! What we have is an hypocrisy! <strong>Not</strong> a democracy! And wealthy donors have more power to do their bidding than the rest of us!</p>
  121. <p>Please create a <strong>Law</strong> that <i>limits</i> political spending, and especially <strong>verifiable</strong> &#8220;receiving&#8221; by candidates of any campaign money over a certain fixed, maximum amount. This is most important to a Democracy!</p>
  122. <p>Also, please seriously consider this suggested important change!</p>
  123. <p>There is a <strong>GIANT FLAW</strong> in the traditional 2-Party System that limits the participation of <strong>ALL</strong> people to bring their concerns to nation wide attention in the Congress. The 2-Party format is a rigged system!</p>
  124. <p>When, out of our values and our ethical concerns, we Vote for a 3rd party that better represents us, our Vote then <i>detracts</i> from a Major Party. In my case, and with many others, this means having to make a painful choice. It means I may NOT VOTE FOR THE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE, because they don&#8217;t YET represent my Cause. I&#8217;m actually &#8220;wasting&#8221; my Vote, thereby, to SATISFY MY CONSCIENCE, still hoping to make a point.</p>
  125. <p>Or, instead, I can grit my teeth, and cast my vote for a candidate and party that doesn&#8217;t <i>yet</i> represent my CONCERN OR CAUSE. OI! What a choice!</p>
  126. <p>Parliamentary systems may have a better chance of representing this need for diversity, whereby the various parties will have the right to enter the ring and to duke-it-out, persuasively, hoping to make their point.</p>
  127. <p>Back to my problem&#8230;I wish to Vote for a Democratic Socialist like Bernie Sanders! In the 2016 election, he was respectful, and didn&#8217;t run on a 3rd party, because of this detrimental detraction factor. He saw that this was problem. He was ethical, but <strong>THEY</strong> didn&#8217;t support <strong>HIM!</strong></p>
  128. <p>So, logically, by Voting my conscience for a 3rd Party, and thereby withholding my Vote from the Democrats, this gives a <i>numerical</i> advantage to the opposition! My vote would actually <strong>help</strong> the Republicans! That&#8217;s how they will always benefit from any 3rd party Vote!</p>
  129. <p>We, logical and ethical Voters are automatically TRUMPED by this strange illogical &#8220;either-or&#8221; (TweedleDum or TweedleDummer) arrangement!</p>
  130. <p>Rather than diminishing the Democrat&#8217;s total, our Democratic Socialist Vote can, and must, <i>feed into</i> the Democrat&#8217;s total to give them a numerical advantage.</p>
  131. <p>This will necessitate a change to a <strong>2-PART VOTING SYSTEM</strong>, so that we would be able to Vote our first and second choices. I could vote: Social Democrat/(slash) Democrat! This <strong>2-PART VOTE</strong> will sure beat the hell out of the counter-productive 2-Party system!</p>
  132. <p>Hopefully, there will come a time when this &#8220;feed-into&#8221; movement becomes so powerful and overwhelming, that it will <strong>have</strong> to be recognized and be acknowledged by all, and will eventually STAND ALONE! The Democrats will have become the minority, IF THEY DO NOT MAKE A LEFT TURN! The Social Democrats, with THEIR CONCERNS will then represent the prevailing Party!</p>
  133. <p>Republicans may even favor this new system as well, and approve it, because their own minority voters will wish to have their own causes represented, such as Right to Life/(slash) Republican, for instance.</p>
  134. <p>Who do you think might wish to introduce a bill to initiate this change?</p>
  135. <p>I favor Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren! Thanks for your good work!</p>
  136. <p>Best wishes from <strong>Beth K. Lamont, <a href="https://www.weddingyourwaynewyork.com/" target="_blank" title="Visit my wedding officiant site.">Humanist Celebrant</a></strong>, and author of <i><strong><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/0578007827" target="_blank" title="Buy the book!">Lefties Are In Their Right Minds</a></strong></i></p>
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  143. <author>
  144. <name>Beth</name>
  145. <uri>http://www.corliss-lamont.org/</uri>
  146. </author>
  147. <title type="html"><![CDATA[Pete Seeger and The Smothers Brothers]]></title>
  148. <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="https://www.humanvalues.net/blog/?p=255" />
  149. <id>http://www.humanvalues.net/blog/?p=255</id>
  150. <updated>2019-01-04T10:29:18Z</updated>
  151. <published>2018-03-08T16:37:02Z</published>
  152. <category scheme="https://www.humanvalues.net/blog" term="Politics" /><category scheme="https://www.humanvalues.net/blog" term="video" /> <summary type="html"><![CDATA[Great article on The American Prospect about Pete Seeger and his controversial performance of Waist Deep in the Big Muddy on &#8220;The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour&#8221; television show some 50 years ago on February 25, 1968. Title: Recalling Pete Seeger&#8217;s Controversial Performance on the Smothers Brothers Show 50 Years Ago Author: Peter Dreier Date: February [&#8230;]]]></summary>
  153. <content type="html" xml:base="https://www.humanvalues.net/blog/?p=255"><![CDATA[<p>Great article on <strong>The American Prospect</strong> about <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pete_Seeger" target="_blank" title="Learn about Pete Seeger.">Pete Seeger</a> and his controversial performance of <i>Waist Deep in the Big Muddy</i> on &#8220;The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour&#8221; television show some 50 years ago on February 25, 1968.</p>
  154. <p><strong>Title: </strong>Recalling Pete Seeger&#8217;s Controversial Performance on the Smothers Brothers Show 50 Years Ago</p>
  155. <p><strong>Author: </strong>Peter Dreier</p>
  156. <p><strong>Date: </strong>February 28, 2018</p>
  157. <p><strong>Synopsis: </strong>Seeger had been blacklisted as a communist and this gutsy defiance of a corporate media giant marked his return to the mainstream cultural scene.</p>
  158. <p><strong>Link: </strong><a href="http://prospect.org/node/229671" target="_blank" title="Read the article.">http://prospect.org/node/229671</a></p>
  159. <p><strong>Pete Seeger-Waist Deep In The Big Muddy &#038; War Songs Medleys (1968)</strong></p>
  160. <p><iframe width="480" height="360" frameborder="0" src="https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/qHETC5qAnqo"></iframe></p>
  161. <p>This article was re-published on <a href="https://portside.org/2018-03-02/recalling-pete-seegers-controversial-performance-smothers-brothers-show-50-years-ago" target="_blank" title="Read the repost.">Portside</a>.</p>
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  167. <entry>
  168. <author>
  169. <name>Beth</name>
  170. <uri>http://www.corliss-lamont.org/</uri>
  171. </author>
  172. <title type="html"><![CDATA[Bernie is Coming to New York]]></title>
  173. <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="https://www.humanvalues.net/blog/?p=157" />
  174. <id>http://www.humanvalues.net/blog/?p=157</id>
  175. <updated>2018-01-19T13:04:38Z</updated>
  176. <published>2017-08-11T02:54:48Z</published>
  177. <category scheme="https://www.humanvalues.net/blog" term="Politics" /><category scheme="https://www.humanvalues.net/blog" term="government" /><category scheme="https://www.humanvalues.net/blog" term="politics" /><category scheme="https://www.humanvalues.net/blog" term="socialism" /> <summary type="html"><![CDATA[Beth Recommends This&#8230; Harper&#8217;s Magazine Presents: An Evening with Senator Bernie Sanders Monday, August 28, 2017 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT &#8211; Doors open at 6:00 PM The Riverside Church 490 Riverside Drive New York, NY 10027 (212) 870-6700 Tickets are available at Eventbrite and are $25 for General Admission and $20 for Students. [&#8230;]]]></summary>
  178. <content type="html" xml:base="https://www.humanvalues.net/blog/?p=157"><![CDATA[<p><em><strong>Beth Recommends This&#8230;</strong></em></p>
  179. <p><b><big><strong><a href="https://www.trcnyc.org/event/harpers-magazine-presentsan-evening-senator-bernie-sanders/" target="_blank" title="Learn about this event at The Riverside Church Web site.">Harper&#8217;s Magazine Presents: An Evening with Senator Bernie Sanders</a></strong></big></b></p>
  180. <p><strong>Monday, August 28, 2017</strong><br />
  181. <strong>7:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT &#8211; Doors open at 6:00 PM</strong></p>
  182. <div align="center"><a href="https://www.trcnyc.org/event/harpers-magazine-presentsan-evening-senator-bernie-sanders/" target="_blank" title="Learn about this event at The Riverside Church Web site."><img src="https://www.humanvalues.net/blog/bl-content/An_Evening_with_Senator_Bernie_Sanders_500x250.jpg" alt="An Evening with Senator Bernie Sanders (event poster)." title="An Evening with Senator Bernie Sanders (event poster)." width="500" height="250" border="1" hspace="0" vspace="8" /></a></div>
  183. <p><strong>The Riverside Church</strong><br />
  184. <strong>490 Riverside Drive</strong><br />
  185. <strong>New York, NY 10027</strong><br />
  186. <strong>(212) 870-6700</strong></p>
  187. <p>Tickets are available at <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/harpers-magazine-presents-an-evening-with-senator-bernie-sanders-tickets-35387151924" target="_blank" title="Purchase tickets at Eventbrite.">Eventbrite</a> and are $25 for General Admission and $20 for Students.<br />
  188. Ticket includes admission, a copy of <i>Bernie Sanders Guide to Political Revolution</i>, and a one-year subscription to <i>Harper&#8217;s Magazine</i> (current subscribers will receive a one-year extension).</p>
  189. <div align="center"><img src="https://www.humanvalues.net/blog/bl-content/Bernie_Sanders_500x633.jpg" alt="Photo of Senator Bernie Sanders." title="Photo of Senator Bernie Sanders." width="500" height="633" border="1" hspace="0" vspace="8" /></div>
  190. <p>I encourage everyone in the New York City area to attend this event!</p>
  191. ]]></content>
  192. </entry>
  193. <entry>
  194. <author>
  195. <name>Beth</name>
  196. <uri>http://www.corliss-lamont.org/</uri>
  197. </author>
  198. <title type="html"><![CDATA[Resistance Manual]]></title>
  199. <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="https://www.humanvalues.net/blog/?p=123" />
  200. <id>http://www.humanvalues.net/blog/?p=123</id>
  201. <updated>2018-01-19T12:53:59Z</updated>
  202. <published>2017-01-27T08:06:26Z</published>
  203. <category scheme="https://www.humanvalues.net/blog" term="Politics" /><category scheme="https://www.humanvalues.net/blog" term="government" /><category scheme="https://www.humanvalues.net/blog" term="resistance" /> <summary type="html"><![CDATA[Beth Recommends This&#8230; Resistance Manual Tuesday, January 17, 2017: &#160;Today, we launch the Resistance Manual &#8212; an open-source platform to collect information/resources to resist Trump&#8217;s agenda and to continue making progress towards equity and justice in America. Explore the manual to learn about the policies the incoming administration plans to pursue, how they&#8217;ll impact our [&#8230;]]]></summary>
  204. <content type="html" xml:base="https://www.humanvalues.net/blog/?p=123"><![CDATA[<p><em><strong>Beth Recommends This&#8230;</strong></em></p>
  205. <p><b><big><strong>Resistance Manual</strong></big></b></p>
  206. <p><strong>Tuesday, January 17, 2017: &nbsp;</strong>Today, we launch the <a href="https://www.resistancemanual.org/Resistance_Manual_Home" target="_blank" title="Read the Resistance Manual.">Resistance Manual</a> &#8212; an open-source platform to collect information/resources to resist Trump&#8217;s agenda and to continue making progress towards equity and justice in America.</p>
  207. <p>Explore the manual to learn about the policies the incoming administration plans to pursue, how they&#8217;ll impact our communities, and what you can do to stop them through federal, state, and local advocacy.</p>
  208. <div align="center"><img src="https://www.humanvalues.net/blog/bl-content/resistance-manual-logo.jpg" alt="Resistance Manual (logo)." title="Resistance Manual (logo)." width="500" height="299" border="1" hspace="0" vspace="8" /></div>
  209. <p>The manual will grow over time as more and more people contribute updates, facts and resources to it. As such, we encourage you to contribute important information for others to read.</p>
  210. <p>Get educated. Get organized. Take Action.</p>
  211. ]]></content>
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  215. </entry>
  216. <entry>
  217. <author>
  218. <name>Beth</name>
  219. <uri>http://www.corliss-lamont.org/</uri>
  220. </author>
  221. <title type="html"><![CDATA[Why I am NOT an ATHEIST]]></title>
  222. <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="https://www.humanvalues.net/blog/?p=119" />
  223. <id>http://www.humanvalues.net/blog/?p=119</id>
  224. <updated>2018-11-06T19:57:50Z</updated>
  225. <published>2017-01-16T20:03:07Z</published>
  226. <category scheme="https://www.humanvalues.net/blog" term="Religion" /><category scheme="https://www.humanvalues.net/blog" term="atheism" /><category scheme="https://www.humanvalues.net/blog" term="humanism" /> <summary type="html"><![CDATA[Why I am NOT an ATHEIST by Beth K. Lamont, Humanist Celebrant I respect Atheists for their good intentions in attempting to free Folks from their superstitions and in helping to create laws that prevent religious domination from continuing to erode our Civil Liberties and our Right to Free Thought and the right of children [&#8230;]]]></summary>
  227. <content type="html" xml:base="https://www.humanvalues.net/blog/?p=119"><![CDATA[<p><b><big><strong>Why I am NOT an ATHEIST</strong></big></b></p>
  228. <p><strong>by Beth K. Lamont, <a href="https://www.weddingyourwaynewyork.com/" target="_blank" title="Visit my wedding officiant site.">Humanist Celebrant</a></strong></p>
  229. <p>I respect Atheists for their good intentions in attempting to free Folks from their superstitions and in helping to create laws that prevent religious domination from continuing to erode our Civil Liberties and our Right to Free Thought and the right of children to not suffer the indignities of coercion, fear and illogic.</p>
  230. <p>I respect the adherents of religion who engage in GOOD WORKS for Humans, Here and Now, doing their best to improve Earthly conditions that are contrary to their own best beliefs in loving, compassionate, forgiving behavior. I do not begrudge them their &#8220;interior motives&#8221; of a heavenly reward. &#8220;Theism&#8221; is not the big problem. Resultant power, hypocrisy and greed are the REAL problems.</p>
  231. <p>Because I am naturally optimistically inclined, and my life&#8217;s experiences have taught me that &#8220;change-for-the-better&#8221; can actually be achieved, my cup stays &#8220;half full&#8221; rather than half empty, and emphasizing the positive is my style.</p>
  232. <p>Therefore, I do not PRESENT myself with a name announcing what I DO NOT BELIEVE! Why should I assume a title describing what I&#8217;m AGAINST? This is nonsense! To my way of thinking, it&#8217;s a negative and counter-productive stance.</p>
  233. <p>To use the ancient term &#8220;A&#8221; meaning &#8220;absence of&#8221; to describe what I do NOT believe, or anything about me, is not helpful. Here&#8217;s how I see it! For instance, I believe with all my life experiences and the wisdom that I have amassed in all of these years, that the Capitalist Economic System, under which we suffer, does more harm to more people in this world, presently, than does any theistic belief. Even more, it exacerbates religious divides and causes more blaming.</p>
  234. <p>Shall I then bill myself as an Acapitalist? This is nuts! Why should I focus who I AM, on what I DO NOT believe? My efforts are devoted to doing all I can, same as Atheists are, working toward changing things in the best interest of Humans.</p>
  235. <p>I claim allegiance to the positive belief that guides my lifestance. I&#8217;m NOT an A-capitalist! I&#8217;m not an A-theist! I AM a HUMANIST!</p>
  236. <p>I believe with all of my heart and mind that we must treat our precious Planet Earth, all Earthlings and other living things with respect; that we must take responsibility to do all that we can to make beneficial changes; to make Peace and live in harmony and promote the opportunities for all to live the Good Life!</p>
  237. <p>In agreement with the Humanist Philosophy espoused by Corliss Lamont in all of his lifetime efforts, I believe that dismantling the war mind-set and its machinery, and protecting our would-be democracy from moneyed special interests is the proper focus for the work of helping to Humanize this war-weary World! Perhaps you agree?</p>
  238. ]]></content>
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  243. <entry>
  244. <author>
  245. <name>Beth</name>
  246. <uri>http://www.corliss-lamont.org/</uri>
  247. </author>
  248. <title type="html"><![CDATA[The Long, Slow Death of Religion]]></title>
  249. <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="https://www.humanvalues.net/blog/?p=112" />
  250. <id>http://www.humanvalues.net/blog/?p=112</id>
  251. <updated>2018-01-19T12:41:25Z</updated>
  252. <published>2017-01-16T09:05:15Z</published>
  253. <category scheme="https://www.humanvalues.net/blog" term="Religion" /><category scheme="https://www.humanvalues.net/blog" term="religion" /> <summary type="html"><![CDATA[The Long, Slow Death of Religion Guest Post by James A. Haught By now, it&#8217;s clear that religion is fading in America, as it has done in most advanced Western democracies. Dozens of surveys find identical evidence: Fewer American adults, especially those under 30, attend church &#8212; or even belong to a church. They tell [&#8230;]]]></summary>
  254. <content type="html" xml:base="https://www.humanvalues.net/blog/?p=112"><![CDATA[<p><b><big><strong>The Long, Slow Death of Religion</strong></big></b></p>
  255. <p><em><strong>Guest Post by James A. Haught</strong></em></p>
  256. <p>By now, it&#8217;s clear that religion is fading in America, as it has done in most advanced Western democracies.</p>
  257. <p>Dozens of surveys find identical evidence: Fewer American adults, especially those under 30, attend church &#8212; or even belong to a church. They tell interviewers their religion is &#8220;none.&#8221; They ignore faith.</p>
  258. <p>Since 1990, the &#8220;nones&#8221; have exploded rapidly as a sociological phenomenon &#8212; from 10 percent of U.S. adults, to 15 percent, to 20 percent. Now they&#8217;ve climbed to 25 percent, according to a 2016 survey by the Public Religion Research Institute.</p>
  259. <p>That makes them the nation&#8217;s largest faith category, outstripping Catholics (21 percent) and white evangelicals (16 percent). They seem on a trajectory to become an outright majority. America is following the secular path of Europe, Canada, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and other modern places. The Secular Age is snowballing.</p>
  260. <p>Various explanations for the social transformation are postulated: That the Internet exposes young people to a wide array of ideas and practices that undercut old-time beliefs. That family breakdown severs traditional participation in congregations. That the young have grown cynical about authority of all types. That fundamentalist hostility to gays and abortion has soured tolerant-minded Americans. That clergy child-molesting scandals have scuttled church claims to moral superiority. That faith-based suicide bombings and other religious murders horrify normal folks.</p>
  261. <p>All those factors undoubtedly play a role. But I want to offer a simpler explanation: In the scientific 21st century, it&#8217;s less plausible to believe in invisible gods, devils, heavens, hells, angels, demons &#8212; plus virgin births, resurrections, miracles, messiahs, prophecies, faith-healings, visions, incarnations, divine visitations and other supernatural claims. Magical thinking is suspect, ludicrous. It&#8217;s not for intelligent, educated people.</p>
  262. <p>Significantly, the PRRI study found that the foremost reason young people gave for leaving religion is this clincher: They stopped believing miraculous church dogmas.</p>
  263. <p>For decades, tall-steeple mainline Protestant denominations with university-educated ministers tried to downplay supernaturalism &#8212; to preach just the compassion of Jesus and the social gospel. It was a noble effort, but disastrous. The mainline collapsed so badly it is dubbed &#8220;flatline Protestantism.&#8221; It has faded to small fringe of American life.</p>
  264. <p>Now Catholicism and evangelicalism are in the same death spiral. One-tenth of U.S. adults today are ex-Catholics. The Southern Baptist Convention lost 200,000 members in 2014 and 200,000 more in 2015.</p>
  265. <p>I&#8217;m a longtime newspaperman in Appalachia&#8217;s Bible Belt. I&#8217;ve watched the retreat of religion for six decades. Back in the 1950s, church-based laws were powerful:</p>
  266. <p>It was a crime for stores to open on the Sabbath. All public school classes began with mandatory prayer. It was a crime to buy a cocktail, or look at nude photos in magazines, or buy a lottery ticket. It was a crime for an unwed couple to share a bedroom. If a single girl became pregnant, both she and her family were disgraced. Birth control was unmentionable. Evolution was unmentionable.</p>
  267. <p>It was a felony to terminate a pregnancy. It was a felony to be gay. One homosexual in our town killed himself after police filed charges. Even writing about sex was illegal. In 1956, our Republican mayor sent police to raid bookstores selling &#8220;Peyton Place.&#8221;</p>
  268. <p>Gradually, all those faith-based taboos vanished from society. Religion lost its power &#8212; even before the upsurge of &#8220;nones.&#8221;</p>
  269. <p>Perhaps honesty is a factor in the disappearance of religion. Maybe young people discern that it&#8217;s dishonest to claim to know supernatural things that are unknowable.</p>
  270. <p>When I was a cub reporter, my city editor was an H.L. Mencken clone who laughed at Bible-thumping hillbilly preachers. One day, as a young truth-seeker, I asked him: You&#8217;re correct that their explanations are fairy tales &#8212; but what answer can an honest person give about the deep questions: Why are we here? Why is the universe here? Why do we die? Is there any purpose to life?</p>
  271. <p>He eyed me and replied: &#8220;You can say: I don&#8217;t know.&#8221; That rang a bell in my head that still echoes. It&#8217;s honest to admit that you cannot explain the unexplainable.</p>
  272. <p>The church explanation &#8212; that Planet Earth is a testing place to screen humans for a future heaven or hell &#8212; is a silly conjecture with no evidence of any sort, except ancient scriptures. No wonder that today&#8217;s Americans, raised in a scientific-minded era, cannot swallow it.</p>
  273. <p>Occam&#8217;s Razor says the simplest explanation is most accurate. Why is religion dying? Because thinking people finally see that it&#8217;s untrue, false, dishonest.</p>
  274. <p>White evangelicals tipped the 2016 presidential election to Donald Trump, giving an astounding 81 percent of their votes to the crass vulgarian who contradicts church values. But white evangelicals, like most religious groups, face a shrinking future. Their power will dwindle.</p>
  275. <p>It took humanity several millennia to reach the Secular Age. Now it&#8217;s blossoming spectacularly.</p>
  276. <p><em><b>James Haught</b>, syndicated by PeaceVoice, is editor emeritus of West Virginia&#8217;s largest newspaper, The Charleston Gazette-Mail.</em></p>
  277. <p><b><i>The Long, Slow Death of Religion</i></b> was first published on <a href="https://www.counterpunch.org/2016/12/29/the-long-slow-death-of-religion/" target="_blank" title="Read this essay on the CounterPunch site.">CounterPunch</a> on December&nbsp;29,&nbsp;2016.</p>
  278. ]]></content>
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  283. <entry>
  284. <author>
  285. <name>Beth</name>
  286. <uri>http://www.corliss-lamont.org/</uri>
  287. </author>
  288. <title type="html"><![CDATA[Code of Ethics for a Corporation]]></title>
  289. <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="https://www.humanvalues.net/blog/?p=90" />
  290. <id>http://www.humanvalues.net/blog/?p=90</id>
  291. <updated>2018-12-07T22:44:18Z</updated>
  292. <published>2016-10-30T02:25:29Z</published>
  293. <category scheme="https://www.humanvalues.net/blog" term="General" /><category scheme="https://www.humanvalues.net/blog" term="ethics" /> <summary type="html"><![CDATA[Code of Ethics for a Corporation by Beth K. Lamont, Humanist Celebrant and Advocate We, the undersigned individuals, and as Members of the below designated Corporation, do ascribe to the following considerations in the daily practice of our Business: We agree with, and strive to uphold, the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, [&#8230;]]]></summary>
  294. <content type="html" xml:base="https://www.humanvalues.net/blog/?p=90"><![CDATA[<p><strong>Code of Ethics for a Corporation</strong></p>
  295. <p>by Beth K. Lamont, <a href="https://www.weddingyourwaynewyork.com/" target="_blank" title="Visit my wedding officiant site.">Humanist Celebrant</a> and <a href="https://www.corliss-lamont.org/hsmny/" target="_blank" title="Visit the Humanist Society of Metropolitan New York (HSMNY) site.">Advocate</a></p>
  296. <p>We, the undersigned individuals, and as Members of the below designated Corporation, do ascribe to the following considerations in the daily practice of our Business:</p>
  297. <ol>
  298. <li>
  299. <p>We agree with, and strive to uphold, the principles of the <a href="http://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/" target="_blank" title="Read the UDHR at the United Nations site.">Universal Declaration of Human Rights</a>, as described by the United Nations. Respect and Ethical treatment for All of Humankind on Planet Earth is of greatest importance in our business practices.</p>
  300. </li>
  301. <li>
  302. <p>Respect and protection for our precious gift, Planet Earth, as our one and only Human Habitat, and the home to be inhabited by our own Grand Children and our own offspring for centuries to come, is vitally important! We must be cognizant of the relationship between the activities of our Corporate work and its effect upon the atmosphere and other conditions that had, before industrialization, remained fairly stable and hospitable to life on Earth for many centuries. Climate change must be acknowledged! Scarcity of clean water will be a threat to our lives, and the rising of the Oceans, an immediate concern.</p>
  303. </li>
  304. <li>
  305. <p>Wherever we do business, in whatever country or community, we promise to respect and uphold all local law. When we have entered into a contract to do business, and those with whom we have made such arrangement find fault or disagreement with the way we are proceeding, their complaints must be considered, and perhaps some compromise or agreement must be found. Local concerns and governments must never be found, by the World Trade Court, of being in &#8220;violation of profit making.&#8221; We honor local concerns!</p>
  306. </li>
  307. <li>
  308. <p>We will pay proper local or national taxes in each country where we do business, and never claim that our headquarters is located in a place where no taxes are required.</p>
  309. </li>
  310. <li>
  311. <p>We will honor local labor needs and prevailing wages in every country where we do business. If we do business in the USA, for instance, we will always hire locally available workers rather than &#8220;outsourcing&#8221; to another country where the labor is cheaper.</p>
  312. </li>
  313. <li>
  314. <p>We acknowledge that the &#8220;Value&#8221; of our Stock on the Market is of great importance to the stability of our corporation, BUT, we also recognize that profit for &#8220;investors&#8221; is of lesser importance than the survival of our corporation, the good work that it does, and the continuity of its Board of Directors and its Staff. When we avow and prove compliance with all of the above considerations, we then demand that the &#8220;Value&#8221; of our Stock be enhanced by crediting appropriate points, as to &#8220;Compliant Ethical Corporations.&#8221; These credit points will be established by a Consumer Corporation Accreditation Committee headed by People&#8217;s Advocate Elizabeth Warren in Congress, and will always henceforth be reported to the Public on the &#8220;nightly news&#8221; as a celebratory acknowledgment of our Corporation&#8217;s respect for the People and the Planet, as well as the profit-making.</p>
  315. </li>
  316. </ol>
  317. <p>Undersigned below:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;_______________________________________________</p>
  318. ]]></content>
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