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Community Building at the Community Festival

A few days ago, someone explained her surprise in discovering that Columbus’s Community Festival gives space to much more than people partying. In many ways, Columbus’s Community Festival or Comfest is a “party with a purpose.” Each summer, Comfest brings together people who share humanitarian values, who want to live “in harmony with the environment,” and who work to eliminate divisive and oppressive prejudices and attitudes.

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Dear HCCO members and friends,

Making Peace With Reality

As I was writing this message, I got news of a high school teammate who just died. Life does have its share of shocks, frustrations, and disappointments, and talk of seeing someone in heaven does not offer me comfort. Buddhists have made the exaggerated claim that “life is suffering.” And the Bible claims that “with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief.” (Ecclesiastes 1:18) The issue raised is one worth investigating. Do the realities of life doom people to unhappiness?

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Many Humanists appreciate life without supernatural beliefs. What have we found that goes into living well beyond belief?

QUESTION 18: What is some of the wisdom Humanists have to offer? What do Humanists have to say that people could benefit from hearing?

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All people on Earth have an important thing in common. We’re all human. All of us can agree that our lives are enriched by relationships with others, a sense of accomplishment, and appreciating beauty. -Agnes

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Many Humanists appreciate life without supernatural beliefs. What have we found that goes into living well beyond belief?

QUESTION 17: What do you do for fun? What gives you a sense of accomplishment?

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A Legacy to Learn From

It has been said that every generation thinks they invented sex. It might also be said that many assume religious dissent and rational living have just recently been invented. Actually, people have been arguing vigorously and working to live wisely apart from religion for more than 100 years. We are fortunate that some like Mangasar Mangasarian left behind a treasury of experiences that can sound surprisingly familiar and arguments that still carry weight.

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Many Humanists appreciate life without supernatural beliefs. What have we found that goes into living well beyond belief?

QUESTION 16: Who are some people you admire and respect?

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My big sister and brother, my mum, my deceased father for all he accomplished and his generosity and big soul, my kind, smart, and hilarious little daughter, my boss Diana, my friends Linda and Warren, Richard Jewell, Bill Moyers, Andy Griffith, and Derrick for his dedication to decency always!!! And a lot more folks. This is a long and lovely list. -Kristen

Investigation Not Revelation

According to Sam Kean’s book The Disappearing Spoon, people in India have been refusing to have iodine added to salt because some Indians associate iodine with British colonial control. The association between British colonial control and salt developed after Gandhi led a resistance to British taxes on salt. And yet, scientists have found that the human body needs iodine, or people can suffer from thyroid difficulties, birth defects, and mental retardation. We can see a number of human tendencies at work in the resistance to iodine.

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Many Humanists appreciate life without supernatural beliefs. What have we found that goes into living well beyond belief?

QUESTION 15: What are three things you appreciate in your life?

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Human beings, the natural world, my LIFE itself, and all the opportunity to be this conscious being right now.
-Joy

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by Dr. Radut