“Humanism is a democratic and ethical life stance that affirms that human beings have the right and responsibility to give meaning and shape to their own lives. Humanism stands for the building of a more humane society through an ethics based on human and other natural values in a spirit of reason and free inquiry through human capabilities. Humanism is not theistic, and it does not accept supernatural views of reality.”
-The IHEU Minimum Statement on Humanism
While I personally take issue with the last line, the general theory is important. In this reality of unending assaults on basic morality, we all need to consider our fellow humans. There is so much hate! But, how do we communicate with or block out the people who cannot see long-term consequences of this administration? Maybe meditation will help? Yoga?
June 21 is also International Day of Yoga, or commonly and unofficially referred to as Yoga Day, is celebrated annually on 21 June since its inception in 2015 (it was declared so by the UN!) Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual practice. As someone who regularly tried to manage anger (mostly because having kids demands you address issues of control), I have been convinced by the concentration yoga demands. Letting go and concentrating on inner strength are not important endeavors in our society. Simple Living is contrary to our societal ideals.
Take some time today to slow down, concentrate, and think about our fellow humans.
June 21 is First Nations Day, too. First Nation came into common usage in the 1980s to replace the term Indian band in referring to groups of Indians with common government and language mainly in Canada. Within Canada, First Nations has come into general use for the indigenous peoples of the Americas. Individuals using the term outside Canada include U.S. tribes within the Pacific Northwest. Thinking about First Nations brings to mind indigenous people of all of the Americas; they have truly been the most oppressed ethnicity since colonization.
The most gut wrenching attention seeking policy of the current administration has been the immigration policies. It’s a deplorable side show to the dismantling of our democracy. But keep in mind, the southern border is mostly approached by people of indigenous decent.
Mestizos are the result of the admixture between Spaniards and Amerindians: Native Americans (or Amerindians). Mestizos are majority in El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama, occupying the majority of the Central American population. All the 7 countries have significant Mestizo populations.
- American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
- Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project
- Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project
- Human Rights First
- Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)
- La Union del Pueblo Entero (LUPE)
- Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES)
- United We Dream Action
- Diocesan Migrant & Refugee Services
- Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley