by Dr. D ~ December 23rd, 2012
Today is December 23 and you my not have known it but it is HumanLight Day. What is HumanLight you ask? It an Atheist/Humanist alternative to Christmas and has been celebrated by some since 2001. From the official ‘HumanLight’ website:
HumanLight illuminates Humanism’s positive secular vision. In Western societies, late December is a season of good cheer and a time for gatherings of friends and families. During the winter holiday season, where the word "holiday" has taken on a more secular meaning, many events are observed. This tradition of celebrations, however, is grounded in supernatural religious beliefs that many people in modern society cannot accept. HumanLight presents an alternative reason to celebrate: a Humanist’s vision of a good future. It is a future in which all people can identify with each other, behave with the highest moral standards, and work together toward a happy, just and peaceful world.
Response: I wish all of my atheist and Humanist readers the best for this holiday season. Celebrating an alternative holiday is far better than trying to tear down and war against Christmas.
The fact that it presents a positive vision that emphasizes human morality along with justice and peace is something that no one can argue with. Those goals ring true with the hopes and traditional values of the season. Values which have been endowed and imbedded in the Christmas and Hanukkah celebrations for over 2000 years of Western civilization. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and now today- Happy HumanLight? *Top