Past Meetup

Humanism 101: Humanism and the Meaning of Life

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The frequent utterance of that tired canard of morality being the exclusive-born child of God's brain to our obligation can be maddening. In The Brothers Karamazov, Dostoyevsky epitomized this by: "Without God all things are permissible." Equally depressing is the shallow assumption that without some us-centered celestial plan that life is meaningless.

The question of life's meaning is the perennial and ever moving, philosophical dartboard that many have taking a shot at, yet in prescribing commoditized one-size-fits-all purpose, few bulls-eyes have been struck.

In our community, we seem to have this constant pull toward destroying another's position in self-defense. As Jason has repeated brought us back to that 1893 George William Foote quote of "cultivating our own field, rather than simply raiding enemy territory," let us step away from the bellicose for one evening to examine if life has a meaning, for whom would it have a meaning, what that/those meaning(s) could be, and how to better discuss this issue with others.

Join Jason Frye and other Humanists (& friends) as we explore "Humanism and the Meaning of Life" together.

Sunday May 19th 6pm

1270 Cleveland Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

This is at Joyce Beers, so please park on the underground level, potluck as always.

Good books to read before the meeting:

Aronson, R. (2008). Living Without God: New Directions for Atheists, Agnostics, Secularists, and the Undecided. Berkley, CA: Counterpoint.

Camus, A. (1948). The Plague. New York: Random House.

Eliade, M. (1987). The Sacred and the Profane: The Nature of Religion. Orlando, FL: Harcourt.

Frankl, V. E. (2006). Man's Search for Meaning. Boston: Beacon Press.

Wine, S. (2005). Staying Sane in a Crazy World: A Rational Guide to Living.

Any copy of the Bhagavad Gita, Tao Te Ching, and the Analects of Confucius.