Letter to the Editor: Best wishes to all


Once again the holiday season is upon us. Americans, in this the most religiously diverse country in the world, will celebrate the holiday in accordance with their beliefs, religious or secular. For humanists, with the humanist manifesto as our guide, this is a time for reflection on our commitment to our fellow human beings, a time to reaffirm our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the good of humanity.

Humanists, being social by nature, long for and strive toward a world of mutual care and concern, free of cruelty and its consequences, where differences are resolved cooperatively and without resorting to violence. As progressives, we believe in working to free humanity from human suffering and develop a global community.

Humanists are deeply concerned with the dignity and well being of all, no matter their ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation or religiosity. Being concerned with the well being of all, we support a just distribution of nature’s resources and the fruits of human effort so that as many as possible can enjoy a good life.

Thus engaged in the flow of life, we aspire to this vision with the informed conviction that humanity has the ability to progress to its highest ideals. One must not be naive enough to believe that the aforementioned goals can be achieved over night or even in the near future, but we must not abandon the effort. To do so would abrogate our moral responsibility to mankind. The responsibility for our lives and the kind of world we live in is ours and ours alone.

That being said, on behalf of the members of the Shenandoah Area Secular Humanists, allow me to extend my best wishes to all, no matter your religious convictions or lack thereof. Have a great holiday.

Gene Rigelon, Front Royal