This began as a realization of how lonely I seemed to be as a member of a select few that has an ideology that includes the name of our society to-be, the American Conservative Humanist.
This organization, or society, was conceived of as an attempt to refine an attitude, or a worldview. The central idea of this website is to share our concerns and to offer each other some friendship. Obviously, we will share concerns centered on the three ideas included in the title. That is the main object. The fellowship part is necessary because we are in a relatively small cohort of ideologues. It is a small enough cohort to actually feel some isolation from time to time. The fellowship of this particular viewpoint will allow us to refine our definitions of ourselves. Who knows, I may even leave it for some other viewpoint, such as Libertarianism.
So, this is to be an intellectual journey. I am one of those who feel that life is a slowly evolving thing. We redefine ourselves daily to some extent. It may not be apparent, but it is happening.
I think much of year one will be definition, or re-definition of the "conservative" word. The other two are more clear, at least to me.
So, you are invited to stay and join with us with a couple of provisos.
1) This is meant to be a positive experience of refining ideas, clarifying use of names, and trying to build a consensus of what we are. Of course, you can participate as a critic, we want and need some criticism, but it has to be constructive criticism, not just childish rebuttal. A good criticism, to us, will be one that includes a positive suggestion, not just the negative criticism.
2) Let us begin with some definitions. These are preliminary and maybe subject to some changes as we refine ourselves and our mission. But we need a starting place.
Let's clarify our use of the word Humanism first.
This is a secular humanist place and not a religious humanist organization. Spiritual humanists are welcome since they explore the wonder of it all in non-supernatural way. Of course religious people of all types are invited to read and see our perspective, as we do theirs. This is the most prevalent modern use of the word Humanism. Today, at least in England and the U.S., humanism is generally taken to be secular. At least that is how we are interpreting humanism. The modification of humanism by the conservative adjective will be discussed later.
An American. In this case, an American is taken to be not just a citizen, but one who understands and believes in the "values" that became incorporated into our founding documents. This includes more than "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" e.g. it includes..........
A Conservative. This one maybe problematic. It is right now, problematic for me. That's why I need you friendship and participation in this Endeavor. See the Conservative tag.
But besides those clarifications, and others to come, we do at this time see this viewpoint as a place for the Lonely. Maybe where you are there are many enlightened ones that share our views but those places must be few and far between. I anxiously await your input to this site.
So, are you an American Conservative Humanist? If so, email me with comments. See the email tag on the right side column.
The American Conservative Humanist Feb 23 2012
The specific focus of this organization is to bring together like-minded humanists who are also fiscal conservatives. The "American" is not meant to exclude the rest of the world but to differentiate us from our cousins, the Conservative Humanist Association. That association is affiliated with the British Humanist Association and the British Conservative Party. American conservatives have a slightly different set of assumptions about certain political freedoms like Gun control. We assume that we will be slightly different conservatives. For those that understand the difference and can still enjoy our shared views, we say, "Welcome." We may discuss our differences as a part of intelligent discourse but are not interested in any prolonged debates about differences.
This is a fledgling organization, or society, for those of like mind. Many of us find ourselves in cities or towns where there is, or seems to be, a liberal bias. It is well known that there are geographical differences. This site is for us.
We are not expecting to have a group of like-minded adults all exactly the same, since that is not humanly possible, but fellowship with those who have a more similar view to ours could have some beneficial results. By laying out our philosophy, clarifying it, modifying it, and in general just examining our beliefs we should make some progress.
To what end?
Humans make very slow progress in finding better solutions to problems in living. Individuals that are more intellectually inclined realize this but seem to enjoy the hunt for truth or to take the journey along a voyage of discovery more than the more mundane pleasures of living.
Aren't you just curious as to why we think the way we so? Are we as right as we think we are?
Speaking here of course, to those reading this that are ACH type people.
We can correspond here in this space and take part of the journey together. That is the end. No more, no less. Future developments are always unknown, but just to do this seems to be a pleasant trip.
As the sole founder at the moment I expect that we will develop some friendships and more clearly lay out the reasons, purposes, expectations, and justifications for what we do over time.
The next project will be to get organized and lay out the mission statement, or at least its beginnings.
But, to be clear at the outset of what is expected from us all:
We will have members who are Humanists. Secular Humanists. For any not sure of what that means please go to the American Humanist Association and look up the Humanist Manifesto 111.
We will have members who are Conservative. This one requires a little more explanation for some. The term Conservative has a connotation around the world as a political view, but is tainted with the adjective "social." Social conservatives are quite numerous in the Republican Party but are not the sole members. Presumably Libertarians are Republicans also, but one never knows whether their ideology allows them to vote Republican in November or whether they just stay home. If the latter, they aren't much better than voters who will only vote for "an upright moral Christian president", or stay at home and do not vote. We are secular conservatives. We will have members who are American. Oops! We will have members who understand the history, morals, thoughts, and particularly American views on most everything and largely agree with what all that entails. Those who are like us, except for trivial differences will be welcome. U.S. Citizenship is perhaps not necessary. We will see how this works out.
Will we have separate sections of interest? Sure why not. Some are interested in fellowship of our particular variety, some in political views, economic views, ethical views, and perhaps current events. We don't want a Hindu type of something for everyone necessarily, that is not our focus, but those things will evolve in time.
In sharing our views I am hoping we can have a well stated, coherent and logical philosophy laid out for the casual visitor. Yes, we hope to proselytize our views to the world. Why not? How else can we influence the direction of the flow of human involvements and governmental policies? In other words, one of the things we would want to do would be to nudge others to our view.
It seems to me that most organizations keep the basic principles loose. That way there are more invited in. It is open and tolerant that way, however, I think we should have our views laid out (exposed, need another word here) in as concise but thorough a way as possible. That should be a major undertaking, at least in the beginning. As current events unfold in the world we will too many opportunities to complain that others do not see things the way we do, but also we will be constantly checking our premises and perhaps refine them.
I am assuming there are lots of you like I am and will enjoy the conversation. I have hopes the organization, or society, whatever we consider ourselves will have a respected place in the pantheon of ideologies.
Personally, I feel I am just one of the founders of this society of American Conservative Humanists. I hope in time to have a more formal organization, but that can wait. For now, we will have to see what develops.
The next question that pops to my mind is how to keep this interesting for a large group. I will need lots of help.
So, speak up out there you Conservative Humanists you. Email me and let's get going. See CONTACT to the right>