Friday, May 18, 2012

A Letter to the Gainesville Sun on the National Day of Reason

As you may or may not know, the National Day of Reason falls on the same day as the National Day of Prayer each year since its inception in 2003.  For the 2012 National Day of Reason, our President, Jim Sullivan, wrote to the Gainesville Sun. You may have seen it:

“Thursday, May 3, is the National Day of Reason and a time when we can all celebrate the way of thinking that is responsible for our modern day understanding of reality.  We humans are more and more beginning to appreciate the fact that reason and its natural offspring, rationality and science, are by far the best ways to understand ourselves, our world, and the universe around us.  This pathway to knowledge is totally responsible for the major leaps forward mankind has experienced in the last several hundred years.  No longer are our lives governed by superstition and magic.  We understand the actual causes of things such as disease, mental illness, and weather. And we can be sure of this because of one simple observable fact, reason works.  Let us pause to remember on this day the great advances that have come our way since we began following the path of reason.”

Jim Sullivan
President, Humanist Society of Gainesville
 Although the National Day of Reason has come and gone, we’d like to hear your thoughts.  What great advances through reason have inspired you?

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