I'm writing this in the aftermath of yet another national tragedy, this time the
killings in a Parkland, Florida high school. It's difficult to maintain any kind of
positive outlook in the face of yet another such incident. I fall back on the first
paragraph of Humanist Manifesto III: "Humanism is a progressive philosophy of
life that, without supernaturalism, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead
ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity."
This is in stark contrast to the outworn views being expressed wherever you
look. To me, it is a light and guide in the midst of darkness. To those of us who
adhere to this philosophy, it should be a clarion call to present our case to as
many as are willing to listen.
My hope is that the Humanist Manifesto will give purpose to each, comfort the
afflicted, and provide hope for the future. The last sentence of the Manifesto is
also worth revisiting: "The responsibility for our lives and the kind of world in
which we live is ours and ours alone."
Robert A. Brandt, President of FTFW
This "Message from the President" was included in Volume 1, Issue 3 of the Hoosier Humanist Herald (the name of the newsletter has changed from the Hoosier Herald), which was published on 3/4/18 by FTFW. If you would like to view the entirety of that newsletter, you can view the online version here or the pdf here.