Friday, December 4, 2009

Have A Wonderful Season Of Celebrations

Everyone can help; caring knows no color, no religion, no boundaries

As a loving husband, father of three great children, veteran police officer, atheist and secular Humanist who has volunteered to feed those in need alongside many good folks of diverse ethnicity, culture and world views for nearly 20 years, I encourage all people who are able to participate in these events (and others throughout the year) to help out for the greater good of the human family.

During my childhood after Hurricane Camille, I would explore the streets of Gulfport and play with other kids amongst all the wreckage and steps to nowhere. I was amazed at the resiliency of our human existence and those simple kind gestures that keep a community together regardless of our station in life.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, we worked side by side with volunteers from the entire theological, economic and ideological spectrum. Many volunteers with no belief in the world’s assorted religious claims selflessly came and immersed themselves in the heartfelt simplicity of natural human empathy, caring and reciprocity along with those of religious convictions who are lovingly commanded to help others as a matter of faith.

The beauty of it all was clear: We were all human beings who cared for each other in a time when the walls, both physical and psychological, were brought down. We helped those in the midst of despair and loss simply because it was the right thing to do.

In the traditional world view of our family, friends and other secular, non-religious Humanists who have been a vital part of these sorts of community events for many years, this has always been a moral imperative.

We hope that all our friends within the predominant religious denominations will recognize this more inclusive interconnected moral standard is a shared commonality with those who are also secular and non-religious.

Have a wonderful winter solstice of all seasonal celebrations everyone and a safe and happy new year!

Steve Schlicht & Family

Biloxi, MS
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