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CONTENT FOR ISSUE 218
In the News... Who Am I? Who are You? Mysteries of Identity / Gary BauslaughIdentity both enriches human experience and diminishes it through prejudice, intolerance and violence. As we see every day, in the news, civilization is constantly under threat by the bad sort of identity
Editorial: Why I Am a Humanist / Gary BauslaughWhat do we mean when we identify ourselves as humanists? HP Editor Gary Bauslaugh writes his answer to this question, as does Elka Enola of the Humanist Association of Toronto. We invite other Canadian humanists to give us their own thoughts on this matter.
Why I Am a Humanist / Elka EnolaWhy do our readers (some of them at least) identify themselves as humanists? In what we hope will be the first in a series, Elka Enola tells her story. We invite other humanists to do the same.
Who Am I? / James E. AlcockThe challenge for us and for all humanity is to work towards a time when society becomes a big tent that does not leave anyone out, where the benefits of positive social identities do not depend on the denigration of others...
Identity Anthems – their comforts, uses and pitfalls / Janet KeepingViolations of anyone’s human rights should be the concern of all, no matter one’s identity. Our shared humanity requires it.
Identity as Choice / Christine St. PeterBut this devotion to a Party that has become so mean-spirited and violent does not fit the profile of those Republicans I know and love. These were — still are — generous, law-abiding, community-minded citizens.
Identity and Identity Politics / Trudy GovierWhile at present there may seem to be a strong analogy between transsexualism and transracialism, these phenomena are treated very differently in contemporary culture. Self-identification is allowed to define one’s sex and gender, but not one’s race.
A Blushing White Woman is not a Woman of Colour / Carol MatthewsWe’ve never before been so aware that the lives of all people matter, that all the challenges we face are global, and that we are all in it together.
The Fluctuating Sense of Self in Anna Karenina / Gwyneth EvansRussian history is marked by a search for personal and national identity, as the nation moved from czarist rule to communism to dictatorship under Putin. The novels of Leo Tolstoy presage this seemingly endless uncertainty.
Memoir / Terry RapochThe author remembers his search for self in the vivid loneliness of youth.