Archive for August, 2007

A new perspective


I’ll bet everyone who starts a new blog feels like, at last, their under-represented perspective will have a presence on the web.

Well, me too.

This is a humanist blog from a non-American perspective.

What’s special about that?

Well, Hemant Mehta’s excellent Friendly Atheist blog gives a positive humanist perspective – ie, it’s not all about what’s wrong with religion.

But he is American, so much of what concerns him centres on the American crisis of the religious takeover of the officially secular government. While interesting, that does not bear on my life so much as, for example, my home country allowing same-sex marriage (yay Canada!), or my current country of residence continuing to run one of its two legislative houses democracy-free (no elections in the UK House of Lords) – complete with a cadre of bishops from the established church.

I want to present a slightly more international perspective. But honestly, news about the humanist “cause” isn’t the most important thing in my life as a humanist. Humanism is a way to guide my daily life in a more sensible way than I otherwise would. I hope to convey some of that in this blog.