It still amazes me how wonderful humanists can really be. When I posted the news of a recent family emergency on my Facebook simply to inform my family and friends in a quick way, I was overwhelmed with the kind words from humanists whom I’ve known for many years, and even some whom I’m only acquainted with through my work at the American Humanist Association. I recently read Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry’s interview with the March/April 1991 issue of The Humanist, where he said, “My dad was much like many humanists I know: kind-hearted.” And it’s really true. Humanists are some of the most compassionate and kind-hearted people I know, and I can’t help but feel proud to be associated with such a warm community. 

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Maggie Ardiente
Editor, HNN