World Humanist Day

Asimov QuoteYou won’t be taking a day off from school or work because of it. The gifts’ aisle at the local store won’t have anything related on display. And you likely think of the day as special because it is summer solstice. But June 21 has another identity, one that’s gaining prominence around the globe: It is World Humanist Day.

Founded in the 1980s by the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) and the American Humanist Association, World Humanist Day provides an opportunity for Humanists to celebrate the positive values of their ethical culture.

The IHEU was formed in 1952 as an umbrella organization for humanist, atheist, agnostic, rationalist, secularist, skeptic, ethical cultural, freethought and similar organizations world-wide. It defines humanism as “… a democratic and ethical life stance, which affirms that human beings have the right and responsibility to give meaning and shape to their own lives. It stands for the building of a more humane society through an ethic based on human and other natural values in the spirit of reason and free inquiry through human capabilities. It is not theistic, and it does not accept supernatural views of reality.”

Humanist associations in over 38 countries, including Canada (in addition to the national Humanist Canada group, there are associations in every province and most major cities in the country), will be marking the summer solstice by raising awareness of Humanism as a positive philosophical life stance and means to affect change in the world.

The Comox Valley Humanists, formed in late 2012, will be celebrating their first World Humanist Day this year. The group holds monthly discussion meetings, looking at global and local issues from a Humanist perspective. If you are interested in using a reasoned approach to understanding the world and to adapting to the challenges of the future, consider becoming a part of your local humanist organization.

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