Peter H.

Location:

Cambridge

Member since:

February 12, 2014

How would you describe yourself: secularist, freethinker, humanist, atheist, rationalist?

Secular humanist. I cannot imagine why I should have been 'created' – without my having any say in the matter – and then told that I was to be judged by a God that neither I nor anyone else has ever seen (or heard from), and from whom I have never received any clear or unambiguous instructions as to how I am to save myself from sins that I do not think have been especially egregious! The entire notion of creating a world and then peopling it to see how they behave is anyway completely absurd. I mean 4.6 thousand million years of development, before the appearance of humans sufficiently intelligent to praise Him/Her/It for the original act of creation! I begin to think that the signal inefficiency of this process is perhaps the cause of the eternal shtoom that God keeps.

Please tell us a little about yourself as a person, your work, your interests.

I originally attended Hastings School of Art, However, being an artist did not turn out to be a vocation for me. But the experience of art school was one that gave me a lifelong interest and insight into the subject. Most of my working life has been spent as a bookseller in London & Cambridge. My interests – apart from art – include English literature and philosophy (and for the latter I'm particularly interested in the Hellenistic philosopher's analysis of the emotions, which might have stood more chance of prevailing had the Great Library of Alexandria not been destroyed; and I would recommend Cicero's Tusculan Disputations over all the Books of the Abrahamic faiths!) I also have a great love for the Weald of Sussex and Kent, and walk in that region whenever I can. I like to walk on my own, but otherwise greatly enjoy company. I can be dogmatic, but if pushed into a corner, I will put my hands up! I am appalled by warfare: the senseless killing & destruction of history involved.

What do you seek in the Cambridge Humanist Meetup Group?

Contact, discussion, contribution, and generally meeting like–minded people. My email is [masked] if anyone wants to contact me other than through this website. I don't have a privacy issue about this, given that I am not – thank the Lord! – a 'celebrity'.

Introduction

Was born in the Salvation Army Mother's Hospital in 1944. My mother signed in as a freethinker: one of the nuns visited her to 'see what one looked like'! My father never gave religion any thought. I intensely disliked school assembly & RI lessons.

What Peter H. is saying about this Meetup Group

First rate for variety and quality of intellect!


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