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Life’s big questions got you wondering? MIT Humanist Student Group forming Discussions every Thursday, 4pm. Life’s purpose is what we make of it. Let’s share our stories, help each other find the way. [...]
Life’s big questions got you wondering? MIT Humanist Student Group forming Discussions every Thursday, 4pm.
Life’s purpose is what we make of it. Let’s share our stories, help each other find the way. Join MIT’s new Humanist Chaplain, Greg Epstein, and Chaplaincy Intern Nina Lytton for a humanist discussion group. This is a space to roll with life’s ups and downs, to chart your own course through mystery to meaning.
Humanism is a progressive life stance that, without supernaturalism, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment, aspiring to humanity’s greater good. Getting more specific that this is a matter of discernment and interpretation. If you’re interested in examining your assumptions about human flourishing, join us in the Humanist Student Group at MIT. Bring an open mind. This week’s topic is binary thinking. It’s important to name this as an obstacle to a developing your humanist life stance.
If you’re interested in examining your assumptions about human flourishing, join MIT’s Humanist Chaplain Greg Epstein and Humanist Hub Chaplaincy Intern Nina Lytton in the Humanist Student Group at MIT. Bring an open mind.
Binary thinking may not be one of your thinking errors. All the more reason to join us. You’re not aware of your blind spots until you stumble upon them in conversation with fellow humans. In the enterprise of becoming homo sapiens, the wise ones, we are always learning, and we are always teaching. Read more here.
They teach us to read in black and white.
Truth is this—the rest is false.
You are whole—or broken.
Who you love is acceptable—or not.
My life tells its truth in many hues.
We are taught to think in “either/or”s
I believe the teachings of Jesus—OR Buddha.
I believe in human potential—OR a power beyond a single, human will.
I am broken or I am powerful.
My life embraces multiple truths, speaks of “both,” of “and.”
They teach us to see in absolutes:
Good versus evil.
Male versus female,
Old versus young.
My vision sees the fractions, the spectrum, the margins?
Let us open our hearts to the complexity of our worlds.
Let us make our own lives a sanctuary, to nurture our many identities.
The day is coming when they will know:
That the rainbow world is more gorgeous than monochrome;
That a river of identities can ebb and flow over the static, stubborn rocks in its course;
That the margins hold the center.
To continue questioning binary thinking…
No Such Thing as Generic Christianity
I used to be triggered by a binary understanding of Christianity
Links for Lefties and Former Lefties who were forced to switch
NEXT WEEK’s TOPIC: Thursday October 4, 2018
WEALTH, INEQUALITY and EQUITY
Follow up to the event on Sunday 9/30 at 1:30pm in MIT Building 34
Matthew Stewart on The Birth of a New Aristocracy
Alan Watts on Money vs. Wealth
If I am not for myself, who will be for me?
But if I am only for myself, who am I?
If not now, when?
Hillel, Ethics of the Fathers, 1:14
(Thursday) 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
MIT Chapel - W15
48 Massachusetts Ave
The Humanist Hub is delighted to honor Nick Hanauer as our 2018 Harvard and MIT Humanist of the Year, on September 30. Hanauer, a Seattle-based venture capitalist [...]
The Humanist Hub is delighted to honor Nick Hanauer as our 2018 Harvard and MIT Humanist of the Year, on September 30.
Hanauer, a Seattle-based venture capitalist and entrepreneur, has for the past decade become one of the world’s boldest voices for progressive economic activism, including his famous warnings of the “pitchforks” coming for his “fellow zillionaires.”
An early investor in Amazon and the successful founder, funder or manager of businesses across a range of technologies and industries, Hanauer is a critic of rising economic inequality, writing several books and articles on the topic, including national bestsellers The True Patriot and The Garden of Democracy (with Eric Liu), as well as two TED talks, each with more than one million views.
For all of this and more, we at the Humanist Hub believe Hanauer may well be America’s most humanistic plutocrat.
Humanism requires us to apply critical thinking and compassion to the work of creating economies that influence the lives of billions of human beings, and it’s not hard to recognize that things have gone awry in this endeavor. In order to move forward, we need influential capitalists to speak truth to their powerful peers. Hanauer can serve as a healthy example of success for students who hope to gain influence through technology and business, and his message of progressive economics is relevant to all who care about humanist philosophy today.
“It is an honor both to receive this award, and to join the Humanist Hub in helping to change the way we think and talk about the economy,” said Hanauer. “It turns out that most people get capitalism wrong. Capitalism works best when it works for everybody, not just for zillionaires like me.”
Other recipients of this award have included filmmaker Seth MacFarlane; “Cosmos” creator Ann Druyan; human rights heroes Gen. Romeo Dallaire and Taslima Nasreen; and world-renowned scientists Steven Pinker and E.O. Wilson.
The ceremony – our “relaunch” event after recently expanding to also serve MIT after 40 years at Harvard – will be part of a major event spotlighting the ethics of wealth.
The event will include a short speech from and extended dialogue with Hanauer; as well as music from 2017 Women of the World Poetry Slam champion Oopma; remarks from author Matthew Stewart (author of recent Atlantic cover story on the “9.9 Percent” as the “New American Aristocracy;” Associate Dean and BU Professor of Law Khiara Bridges; award-winning filmmaker Lauren Greenfield (“Generation Wealth”), and more.
September 30, 1:30 PM: MIT Building 34 (50 Vassar Street), Room 101.
Sponsored in part by the MIT Office of Religious, Spiritual, and Ethical Life.
(Sunday) 1:30 pm
MIT Building 34
50 Vassar Street