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Zelda Gatuskin's
Humanist Essays Archive

November 2014: This series comes to a close with the end of Zelda's service as president of the Humanist Society of New Mexico. Looking for more essays? Read Zelda 's blog The Tree.

October 2014Prophets vs. Profits
September 2014Childhood
August 2014Counting Down... to Your Stepping Up
July 2014Go Out and Be Awesome
June 2014The Songs of Unseen Birds
May 2014Renaissance 2.1
April 2014Sure Cure for Dark Secrets: Daylight!
March 2014Metaphors Work for Me
February 2014Come As You Are
January 2014Dancing into the New Year
December 2013Taking Leave
November 2013A Kind of Hope
October 2013The Compassion Gap
September 2013Conflict of Interest
August 2013Report on 2013 AHA Conference - Part 2
July 2013Report on 2013 AHA Conference - Part 1
June 2013Getting Along Just Fine
May 2013The Circle Way
April 2013How Does That Make You Feel?
March 2013Reality Check
February 2013Drawin' for Darwin
January 2013Let's Keep Going
December 2012Changing Cottonwood Against Cloudless Sky
November 2012Save Us from the Soul-Savers
October 2012Potentiality
September 2012EHFAR
August 2012A Rare Appeal for Money
July 2012Happy Humanists in New Orleans
June 2012You've come a long way, baby - Not
May 2012Nature Is Inescapable
April 2012Can't We Just Evolve Already?
March 2012Half-Souls
February 2012Let's Talk
January 2012Harry's Chair
December 2011HSNM Year in Review
November 2011Season of Horror
October 2011Flashback to an Incipient Humanist
September 2011From Humanist Society To Humanist Community
August 2011Remembering Sidney
July 2011It's Time to Get Serious About the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
June 2011Believe It Or Not
May 2011Virtue and Honor
Apr 2011Dogs and Cats
Mar 2011Am Honored to Inscribe
Feb 2011Just Say Yes
Jan 2011New Year's Resolution

What is Humanism?
"Humanism is free from divisive doctrines about the unknown..."
—Lloyd & Mary Morain, HUMANISM AS THE NEXT STEP

Like all philosophies, Humanism is defined, interpreted, and lived in a variety of ways. Unlike theistic philosophies, Humanism does not cling to a historical, unyeilding, unquestionable source of truth, nor does it particularly concern itself with such mysteries as why we exist. Humanism accepts differences among individuals, embraces growth and change based on an ongoing exploration of our natural world, and views morality in terms of our having proper relationships with nature and each other. —Zelda Gatuskin

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