Humanism is a non-religious and values-based worldview. Humanists aim to promote reason and science, free thought and free speech, tolerance and understanding, kindness and compassion. Humanistically Speaking, launched in the UK in 2020, is an online magazine for humanists, atheists, rationalists, agnostics, sceptics, and everyone who wants to make the world a better place through human effort and endeavour. We are an independent monthly publication but we see ourselves as very much part of the global humanist community. In January 2023, we said a fond farewell to our PDF format and went fully digital. You can now comment on our articles - just sign up using the 'log in' tab top right. Thanks for visiting!
This Month's Issue
Welcome to the June edition of Humanistically Speaking.
In the UK, we often talk about the housing crisis and the renting crisis. These are interlinked problems which particularly affect young people trying to get on the housing ladder and raise a family. This month, our talented team of writers and guest contributors have tackled these problems from a variety of different angles. I must say, I am astonished at how complex and difficult these problems seem to be. I wish there was a magic wand. Maybe the main thing we need is political will.
However bad things are in the UK, it's sobering to look at the housing situations in India and Africa. I'm very grateful to our Africa correspondent Lynda for her moving story about a refugee camp in Africa, and to our India correspondent Karl for his very informative article about Mumbai. I'm also especially pleased to be able to include an article this month by Ian Terry – a retired town centre vicar who did a doctorate on the homelessness problem in my home town of Bournemouth.
We were very sorry to hear about the death of David Pollock – a lifelong humanist who worked tirelessly for humanist causes throughout his life. We have included a short obituary and a link to further information about his life.
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