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Saturday, February 20, 2010

What is Being a HUMANIST ?


What is a Humanist ?
A Humanist is a person who choses to live a lifestyle of using reasoning as a major tool in solving worldly problems with no attachment to a super natural intervention.humanists strongly believe that the use of the mind has got answers to solving problems and puzzles we encounter in life.Reasoning is the process of thinking about things in a logical,scientific and philosophical way,the Brain does this work.
Below are some of the things that makes humanists so special:
- Humanists take full control of their lives and they donot think of supernaturals to be incharge of lives for example donot believe in gods,spirits.
- Humanists believe that moral ideas arose in the course of evolution,humanists strongly believe humans have a role to play in shaping morals in society,its concerned with improving happiness and welfare of the entire human race and have got a belief that human effort alone can make this world a better place,Humanists are encouraged to participate in developmental activities by being active in all they are doing.
- Humanists respects the scientific world and encourages all people to back science by promoting it for it explains well all that is in this universe,its formation,people's origin and all the things that have made man understand this universe is through science.It should be noted that most scientists are humanists for example Darwin of Origin of Species,Galileo who made the first Telescope,Socrates,Huxley,Richard Dawkins,Thomas Paine to mention but afew.
- Humanists do not belief that there is a life after death as it is among the religious faithfuls and with Humanists they belief that when some one dies,he or she decomposes and the fleshy parts becomes soil,the bones may also with time decompose and the mineralogical componets get incorparated in the soil.We have a belief that the mind and body make up a person and there is no way you can separate the two so when you die that is the end of your life on earth.
- humanists try to keep their thinking  and have no monopoly over knowledge nor nobody is a custodian of knowledge and they believe humans do make mistakes.We dont just accept things any how for there is chance of asking why,where,when,how and which in an attempt to study something fully,there is room to question why something has happened,what caused it,where it was caused,who was behind that thing etecetra.
- Humanists will always believe in something that has vivid tangible evidence and this is the reason why most people has looked the other side most especially those believing in Devine revelations for example if there is an earthquake stricking in some part,a humanist will not get surprised but will just know that is due to Earth shaking and areas with fault line (weak joints) has caused this,if there is a volcano we will not get surprised for we know that the innermost layer core is very hot and possibly the existence of a fault or a vent favored this to happen.
- Humanists enjoy life to the fully and have got no stress of thinking about hell or heaven,they do not believe in either of these,dont belief in people with wings (angels),un seen things (spirits), Myths ,Dreams,Satan (spirit) to mention but afew so minus all this life becomes good for a humanist.
Humanists advocates for doing good things for man kind, no seggregation,are compassionate people,advocate for observance of democtratic system of governments,are against beliefs in all forms of superstition.
Would you also like to become a Humanist?
The choice is yours but my advice is do what your mind tells you to do,after all you have got some facts about who Humanists are? ,what they are for ?
Well,we welcome you to be part of us and in case you feel you wanted to belong to a community of Humanists,Feel free and send to us an email,write to info.kuha@gmail.com

Philosophical differences between Science & Religion


The world we are living in is facing real hard time between the religious and scientific world and as a matter of fact these two do not match,some thing that poses a real danger to our universe,humanity and the environment:
Below are some of the observations separating the two:
- Science addresses only the naturally ocuring phenomena and has no attachment to belief in a personal god or a supernatural being while for any thing to be qualified as a religion it should have an attachment to a supernatural being a god or gods,heaven,hell,holy ghosts,angels etc.
- Religion derives its belief  system from "Devine revelation" and from "inner conviction" for example its believed that the authors of the bible were prophets who were inspired by the holy spirit and that these spirits directed them on what to write through dreams while science derives its laws from real- world experimentation,through mathematical and logical reasoning.It should be noted that scientists analyse natural phonomena,do experiments in the laboratories,study their findings and design and prove their findings.
- In science there is no believing in something without seeing it physically ie there is a neccesity of evidence for one to believe something  where as among religions there is no chance to ask inquisitive questions otherwise one risk to be labeled as belonging to the devil moreover such a person would be looking forward for an explanation on something he or she does not know.
- The religious individual strives to behave "morally" in order to please God and to gain heavenly reward while the science minded individual derives his or her ethical system from the real-world consequences of his actions upon others and upon himself.This action among religionists have put them in funny moods and has led to hypocrisy among the believers presenting a face value that they are fully committed to obeying the laws or commandments.
- Where as a science knowledgeable person will try and draw explanations for all the events taking place on our planet and in the galaxies like the falling of meteorites,earth quakes,tsunamies and tornados,volcanicity,falling of rain to mention but afew, For a religious person would just conclude when any of the events surface ;that its God who has sent them.Lets take an example of a falling rain,can some one convince that its sent by a supernatural when science has got better explanations for rain formation via relief,convectional,land & sea breeze and vegetation cover.
- In the world of science,its not a one man's show for any one is free to criticize and carry on his own experiments,do research on anything he or she feels is not satisfied with and in case this happens new theories and evidence in case of errors made earlier by original scientists can be corrected and give chance to new theories replacing older theories.This one under religions there is no cristism of the Teachings and one would again be labelled a sinner or devilish,"Holy Books" as they are called have lived for centuries but because of sections among believers still we do notice some variations for example the Jewish Bible is not like the King James version and the same is to the Jehovahs witness bible and the New International Version (NIV),These actions of criticisms led to disintegration paving way to sects for example among the Christian church has got many divisions under one leader CHRIST. originally catholics,then protestants,orthodox,adventists,baptists,methodists,presybeterians,born-again christians or Evangelicals,jehovahs witness and each of these thought see Jesus christ as their leader but the teachings in these churches arent the same and each section sees itself as the only one with a connection to heaven.It should be noted that also Catholicism have divided into Conservative catholics,Charismatic catholics and Reformed catholics.
- Scientists strongly believe that we human beings are a product of nature and we came to be what we are as a product of evolution,We developed from a single cell which was originally a matter.Scientists went on to even design laws that are scientifically proven that backs this for example the Law stating that "Matter can neither be created nor destroyed".Nature operates on natural laws for example all the natural catastrophies are governed by nature alone and have no cordination to a supernatural.
We as people who share this planet together,why all these differences,why can we come together and live as a single entity and concentrate on things that will make us "one people".This might be a hard thing to achieve as each side is pulling on its side but special thanks to our Government of the Republic of Uganda,it has put much emphasis on the promotion of science education in schools and this is a good idea because it will reveal all the facts,our people should be encouraged that science is a dynamic subject and each day new theories and discoveries are made,new inventions are made as well and in this era of  information age let science explain it all !.
From my research about Science and religion,i read that Early scientists who designed laws,made inventions for example Galileo and Isaac Newton,Darwin,Huxley had a rough time with creationists but all the same they had a losing battle for science still governs the world and its here to stay.
Readers of this article can send in their thoughts,comments,additions and subtractions on what needs to be done between these two rivals,just email   info.kuha@gmail.com
 
KUHA
"working for the Betterment of Humanity"

Monday, February 15, 2010

Information about Uganda

National Flag
The flag of Uganda was adopted in 1962. The black color identifies Uganda as a black nation of Africa, the yellow represents the abundant sunshine Uganda enjoys being situated on the equator, and the red represents the brotherhood of Ugandans with the rest of Africa and the world. The crested crane, the national bird of Uganda, adorns the center of the flag and stands on one leg facing the flag pole. The raised leg symbolizes that Uganda is not stationary but moving forward.
 
Official Bird - The Crested Crane
The Crested Crane is the official bird of Uganda. The three colors of Uganda, black, yellow, and red, are contained in it's plumage. It is a friendly, gentle and peace loving bird, characteristics which are certainly true of the Ugandan people. It is a crime punishable by imprisonment to kill a Crested Crane.

 

 
Country (long form)
Republic of Uganda
Tourist assets
Mountains,rivers,lakes,forests,wildlife,meseums,traditioal historical sites,people,towns,villages,hot sun,waterfalls,birds etc
Languages
English (official), Luganda, Swahili, Bantu languages, Nilotic languages
Religions
Roman Catholic , Protestant , Muslim ,Evangelicals,Bahai, indigenous beliefs & non believers
Life Expectancy
39.98 male, 40.6 female (1996)
Infant mortality rate, 1997
99 (per 1,000 live births)
Average family income
320 US$
Government
republic
Currency
Ugandan shillings (USh)
Industry
sugar, brewing, tobacco, cotton textiles, cement, Tea
Agriculture
coffee, tea, cotton, tobacco, cassava (tapioca), potatoes, corn, millet,pulses; beef, goat meat, milk, poultry
Minerals and Resources
copper, cobalt, limestone, salt,gold,petroleum etc
 




Tuesday, February 9, 2010

KASESE UNITED HUMANIST ASSOCIATION History,Beliefs

kasese united humanist association(kuha) is devoted to spread humanism among people of kasese and its neighbourhoods.
Our organization is fully determined to promoting the humanist movement in Western Uganda.
Kuha’s identity is clearly described in our constitution. KUHA's main aim is to promote a freethinking vision of social, cultural and ethical values among young and old people of kasese area and western Uganda in general.We are more interested in a visionary world of sciences and free thinking.We highly respect REASONING by utilising the potential of using reasoning as a major tool in solving human problems thereby making life good and worthy living in total happiness forever.We are looking forward to having a community free from dogma and indoctrination
KUHA’s history
Kasese united humanist association was founded two years ago in April 2007. The initiative for starting KUHA was developed by Mr Bwambale Robert who is a biologist and a former student of Uganda Polytechnic Kyambogo now renamed Kyambogo University.He holds an Ordinary Diploma majoring in Biological Sciences plus a certificate in Human resource studies.
He initiated the association in the year 2007 under a name called kasese freethinkers union and in the year 2009 he got united with some colleagues hailing from kasese district area who had an interest in humanism and formed an association named Kasese United Humanist Association abbreviated as KUHA.
KUHA got registered in April 2009 and was registered by the Kasese Town Council plus Kasese District Development Network as a community based organisation.This gave us legitimacy to perform our duties in line with the operations of non profit,non governmental organisations.
Kasese united humanist association`s registration number is CBO/223
We are governed by a constitution and have got an Executive Board that is fully elected by the members.
Most of our members are students,working class citizens,peasants and un employed youths.

KUHA's beliefs
- Human beings possess the potential power to solve problems by reasoning which entirely involves use of the mind.
- Human beings are a part of nature; all forms of the supernatural are myth.
- Human beings have the capacity or strength to choose good over evil.
- Human beings attain good life by continuous self-development and determination to work and this can contribute to the welfare of the community.
- We believe in democratic procedures and procedures in government and we are take no sides in politics but prefers democrancy to prevail in our country.
-We believe in freedom of expression and civil liberties and we have got strong commitment to advocate for peoples rights and freedoms,we are against human rights violations and abuses by people.
- We respect Science discovery and technology and we strongly believe this can contribute to the betterment of human life on this planet plus other planets and galaxies.
- We believe in supporting the disadvantaged to help themselves enjoy their life,our target group are street children,orphans,widows, widowers,people from poor back grounds plus all other voice less people.
- We fully support existence and promotion of sciences in schools and its our hope that more students develop a strong love and ambition to do sciences in school as science presents better and reliable answers for humanity