Journal December 23, 2017: Happy Holidays

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December is always a bad month for the blog but good for me. I’m a parent and so December is a magical time of year but it’s also a very busy time of year so posting new material is very hard to do on a regular basis and so my apologies to regular readers. The blog has plenty of ground to cover for the new year but first a holiday post and thoughts and reflections on the past year.

The Holidays

What a powerful time of year for millions. A lot of religious holidays and for the non-religious winter solstice is here. A surprising many people simply celebrate a time to share and be together with friends and family. Whatever your reason for celebrating if you live in the western world you very likely are celebrating something in December. We all know the dangers of the commercialization of the holidays but it is a great time to remember things everyone, not matter what religion or belief can and should be reflecting on:

  • The spirit of giving: Celebrating generosity and charity.
  • Family and relationships: Being grateful for having our loved ones.
  • Lessons from the past year, the good and bad.

Reflections From 2017

This past year year has been one of quite a bit of positive change to the blog.

  1. Not anti-religion but pro-happiness: This blog used to be quite anti-religion but it’s now our firm belief that the dangers of religion are already known to majority of the readers this blog reaches. Even if this is not the case taking a more positive approach will have a better long term effect on helping people leave religion behind. Helping people be happy free of religion is just a better way in all aspects.
  2. Embrace the humanities: Psychology and philosophy already have more relevant facts and reflections on living a happy life than this blog could ever hope to share and so that is now our primary content.
  3. Journal: A more personal addition to the blog. This helps everyone see it’s a real person (I even added my picture) behind the words.

Going into 2018

A surprising fact: I don’t believe in new year’s resolutions.  We should all be resolving to make things better far more often than once a year. If you’ve ever worked in the fitness industry you will know how bad new year’s resolutions are: a sudden influx of fitness club members from Jan-to March. In March or April it’s right back down to normal again, a sad reflection on unrealistic goals and the fragility of new year’s resolutions. However, we do have a few goals for 2018:

  • To break even: Right now this blog is paid out of my own pocket. It would be great to even make enough in a year to pay for the blog itself. Should we even get to the point of profit then we can start donating to charities. At that point we are not only able to donate to charity we are also reaching enough people with our message of hope to make the blog make money, very positive indeed.
  • Reach more people: Hopefully social networking works for us this year. A happy life is possible free of religions and superstitions and it is our hope a lot more people see that this year.
  • Publish the Hope page: Create enough content that the Hope page becomes a place people can go and at least get started on a more psychologically healthy life.

Whatever you are doing through the holidays and whatever your goals keep them positive and you can’t go wrong. Thank you to everyone who reads this blog, we appreciate your support and most of all:

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Happy Holidays from Never Thought To Question Why

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This isn’t a personal blog, today is an exception. In fact I wont even be promoting this entry on any of the social networking sites that I usually do. I have a few things I would like to share with all of the people following this blog before the holidays:

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Adopted in December 1948 this still stands as a document that should apply to every human being and, hopefully someday, be enforced with the power of law universally.

I would update it to include more rights for same sex couples and to include freedom of and freedom from religion.

Declaration

The Secular Humanist Principles

Humanists trace their values back as far as Plato and are nicely summarized nicely by Paul Kurtz on the Council For Secular Humanism Website.

I put these in a  nicely formatted word document, printed them, framed them and hung them on my wall. Here’s a copy you can experiment with. Moral excellence

Carl Sagan

The anniversary of his death was yesterday (December 20th). I found some words of remembrance around the net and would like to post a speech of his that I find nicely summarizes a value that he and I share and he was able to express more eloquently than I ever could.

If only everyone seen the world this way. R.I.P Carl. We will miss you.

Bill Hicks

His birthday just passed (December 16th) and so I wanted to share the really great piece of wisdom he used to end his shows with.

Some More Wisdom

“Recognize that the very molecules that make up your body, the atoms that construct the molecules, are traceable to the crucibles that were once the centers of high mass stars that exploded their chemically rich guts into the galaxy, enriching pristine gas clouds with the chemistry of life. So that we are all connected to each other biologically, to the earth chemically and to the rest of the universe atomically. That’s kinda cool! That makes me smile and I actually feel quite large at the end of that. It’s not that we are better than the universe, we are part of the universe. We are in the universe and the universe is in us.” -Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Video Link.

“More fundamental than religion is our basic human spirituality. We have a basic human disposition towards love, kindness and affection, irrespective of whether we have a religious framework or not. When we nurture this most basic human resource – when we set about cultivating those basic inner values which we all appreciate in others, then we start to live spiritually.” -Dalia Lama

What do all these things have in common?

These are kinds of things we should be remembering at the holidays. No mythical prophets, no toxic religions, no fear or hatred just love and compassion for ourselves, friends, family, humanity and the world we share together. Real life gets busy and so we all sometimes forget but even the occasional reflection of these values on any holiday would do the world a lot of good. The holidays are a reminder of how lucky we are to even be alive and the significant good we can do living according to values that put people first. These are the things that the holidays mean to me.

Happy Holidays everyone and I will see you all after Boxing Day.