Dear Friends: my piece on Epicureanism is live at thenewhumanism.org webpage. This is a publication tied to the humanist chaplaincy and humanist organizations at Harvard University and I'm hoping it will increase the visibility of Epicureanism among mainstream humanists as a viable alternative and as a practice. Please comment on it and please share!…Continue
Added by Hiram Crespo on May 8, 2013 at 7:50pm — No Comments
The following piece was originally written for the NEIU Independent.
The film Two Spirits is a sad but empowering film about a hate crime committed against Freddie Martinez, a Two-Spirited transgendered Navajo youth in Colorado.…Continue
Added by Hiram Crespo on March 27, 2013 at 7:30pm — No Comments
"... an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring. Questions must be raised ... when you deal with this, you begin to ask the question who owns the oil, you begin to ask the question who owns the iron ore, you begin to ask the question why we have to pay water bills in a world that is 2/3 water. These are words that must be said." - MLK
Added by Hiram Crespo on January 25, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments
Epicureanism is a humanist philosophical doctrine for human happiness. It requires us to make a firm resolution to live a happy life and to apply philosophical and empirical methods to the pursuit of happiness.
Its first tenets are contained in the Four Remedies:
Do not fear death
Do not fear the gods
What is good, is easy to attain
What is evil…
Added by Hiram Crespo on January 9, 2013 at 6:44pm — No Comments
The following is a video on transhumanism. I'm still not sure how I feel about it, it has pros and cons, its ramifications scare me but there is a prophecy which is based on Morse Law (that says that every two years, computers double in their efficiency) and based on a theme prominent in science fiction known as THE SINGULARITY (the point at which computer technology no longer needs us), that says that robots will replace humans in 2045 (this is the year when, according to Morse's law,…Continue
Added by Hiram Crespo on January 1, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments
Thousands descended on Stonehenge to celebrate the 2012 winter solstice and busloads of New Age pilgrims from all over the world made their way to the Mayan ruins of Guatemala and Southern Mexico in celebration of what many considered the end of the world, but for others the world was coming to a start. Latin American celebrities and common folk went to Guatemala and participated in public cleansing rituals under the guidance of Mayan shamans.
In recent years, the Mayan script has…Continue
This Black Friday, a boycott was called against that All-American sweatshop Walmart, fueled by a decades-long litany of complaints by workers unable to earn a living wage, even while working full-time.
Like many other giant corporations that seek to increase profits by relying on outsourcing production to China, Walmart also employs in its stores a large amount of part-time workers and as few full-time workers as it can get away with.
Added by Hiram Crespo on November 26, 2012 at 5:53am — No Comments
But recently, as I watched the documentary Planned Obsolescence, aka The Lightbulb Conspiracy, I learned…Continue
Added by Hiram Crespo on November 16, 2012 at 12:00am — No Comments
Last week at Northeastern Illinois University we were visited by the Caravan for Peace, a collective of thousands of Mexican mothers, siblings, fathers and other family members who accidentally became activists after having lost loved ones in the drug war.
Their presence on campus helped to humanize and personalize the difficult problems related to drug and arms traffic between the two countries. The illicit nature of these two markets makes it difficult to…Continue
Added by Hiram Crespo on November 15, 2012 at 11:43pm — No Comments
Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.
The public discourse on the role of religion in our daily lives too often lacks the voice of atheists, and mass media further silences atheists when it persistently upholds the tenet that an…Continue
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For years we’ve said that 2012 was going to be a great paradigm shift, but every day we see stranger things happening. Zombie folklore used to be part of our Halloween tradition. Interesting how culture and art become life.
First, a naked man is found eating 75% of the face of a homeless man. He growls like a beast when the cops find him and they have to shoot and kill him. His victim remains in critical…Continue
Added by Hiram Crespo on June 3, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments
The following article is also featured on alternative media outlet http://www.greenewave.com/
The almighty US dollar, as we know it, is facing possible, if not…Continue
Added by Hiram Crespo on May 12, 2012 at 12:26am — No Comments
During the month of April of 2011, international Latin rock star Robi Draco Rosa announced that he had been diagnosed with cancer. Unlike most cancer patients in the U.S., he chose the non-traditional so-called Burzynski therapy and as of today, only a year after his diagnosis, three of his four…Continue
Added by Hiram Crespo on May 12, 2012 at 12:23am — No Comments
I just read the news about Nazis Getting Their Own Lobbyist in DC.
How revealing this is of America's brand of capitalism, which is predicated on the survival of the fittest and of the amoral power that capital has to purchase our politicians. It raises serious ethical questions about the system under which we operate as a society.
I do not question the Nazis' right to…Continue
Added by Hiram Crespo on April 15, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments
TODAY IS AUTISM AWARENESS DAY
I HAPPEN TO LOVE A CHILD WITH AUTISM
MY NIECE SHE IS VERY INTELLIGENT
SHE HAS KNOWN HER ALPHABET SINCE PRE-SCHOOL, HAS ALWAYS BEEN A QUICK LEARNER AND IS VERY AFFECTIONATE
SHE'S A NORMAL CHILD EXCEPT THAT HER BRAIN IS CONFIGURED DIFFERENTLY
AUTISTIC PEOPLE OFTEN HAVE ACUTE SENSES OF HEARING OR VISION BUT OTHERWISE THEY CAN HAVE NORMAL LEVELS OF INTELLIGENCE OR SOMETIMES THEY CAN BE GENIUSES FOR THE SAME REASON
This really IS a paradigm shift! Dolphins have a complex language, each dolphin has a name, already 200 dolphin words have been deciphered, their brains are superior to those of great apes and now scientists in Vancouver have declared them officially to be 'non-human persons'. Forget aliens and such, we have non-human intelligent species right here on Earth.
According to the article…Continue
Added by Hiram Crespo on February 26, 2012 at 1:07am — No Comments
I'm writing this because I had a dream about four nights ago that I went to a place where union members met. They were struggling in their workplaces and I was to become a member of this union, and an indigenous woman from Latin America met me there and assigned a number to me as a new member, she was very warm and sweet, even gave me the name and number of a doctor that I could go to as a union member and receive free medical care without the need for paying into a for-profit health care…Continue