Proper spring day today, blue sky and a bit of warm in the air, though it didn’t go crazy hot or anything.
“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 Minimum Statement on Humanism, Humanists International.
I can’t believe I got to my dinosauric age without hearing about this, or Humanist International, which is HUGE, but I have now which I’m happy about as that kind of fits where I’ve got to in life. I’m not going all evangelical but if anyone wants to find out more the link is HERE.
I found out about it because today we attended a humanist funeral, that of the wife of Phil’s oldest friend, who died suddenly, of an asthma attack 2 weeks ago. It’s not been a good couple of weeks at Fraggle Towers.
It was a cremation funeral, and we were all asked to wear jeans and either rock-band T-shirts or at least bright colours, so we did. We went into the ceremony to a track by a band called Blackberry Smoke and went out to a famous Lynyrd Skynrd (I have no idea how that is spelled really) song..Freebird. There was no religion involved, and the lady conducting the ceremony just spoke eloquently about Irene, her life and her family, and what a wonderful person she was. It was really well done. Though I’m not keen on Freebird.
Afterwards we all went to a pub, but we only stayed for a little while and came home for tea. Around the corner from the pub I found this delicious derelict building
but my shot for today is of Phil with his son Carl who traveled to the funeral with us. Yes it’s a rubbish composition and the sun is in their eyes, but we were on a schedule! I still like it 🙂