Joined HumanistsMN: September 2020.
Profession/Residence: I am a student in Arabic literature, working to be a writer in the near future. I live in Egypt and study at the University of Alexandria.
How she discovered us: I discovered HumanistsMN through an American friend who invited me to a Secular Saturday gathering. This was after we had a discussion about religion and the importance of making change to solve existing problems.
What appealed to her about us: The group welcomed me in a really warm way I wasn’t expecting. Second, the events vary, and participants discuss urgent, important topics in a way that makes us connected more to reality, and to each other. Third, at the first event I attended, I raised my hand to ask a question, which the group listened to carefully, and it was answered in a respectful, safe space.
I hope to express my thoughts freely, and safely, in an atmosphere where everyone and every idea in the group is respected. I have great interest in educational lectures and events, and appreciate that they are available to me and membership is really affordable. I just hope that as I benefit from these lectures I can provide the group with something beneficial to them in the future.
Her journey to humanism: Before I even heard about humanism, I used to write about how I view life, and how I see true value in humans, and by humans.
I wrote a prose poem that is called “Non-affiliated,” and this is part of it, which I hope can be a suitable answer to this question:
Even if you live your life
Fully till the end
The game will remain boring
As you have realized early
That there is no actual value
Maybe except helping a human being
To feel like a human being!
So what I am going to say is that:
I believe only in humanity, and only
I also wrote this post a while ago:
“I treat every human being as an exception, a unique state of existence until proven otherwise. And even if proven, it does not negate the possibility of change, whether slow or accelerating. I very much believe in human abilities.”