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receding. Truth is no longer expected. Deceit is now condoned as being necessary for success.  

With the loss of truth, trust becomes impossible, and, of course, with the loss of truth and trust,

love becomes unimaginable and meaningless. The irony, of course, is that it is not hard to find

adequate instruction for a better way. The sages of the ages, The Buddha, Confucius, Socrates,

Christ and more recently the great poet John Donne, to name a few, have outlined in detail the

path we must follow should Utopia be attainable. The great truth revealed by all of these

ancient figures that we foolishly pay lip service to but fail to heed is brotherhood. We are our

brother's keeper. How could we have gotten it so wrong? As a Secular Humanist, I have long

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contended that the book of Genesis, with its tale of Adam and Eve being evicted from the

garden of Eden after eating the forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge, is but a myth to

depict the dawning of man's awareness of his own existence. By virtue of this knowledge and

in the interest of survival, it became the onerous obligation of man to be responsible for those

of his kind. "We belong to each other." Buddha, "Do your best for others." Confucius, "I am a

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citizen of the world " Socrates. "Do unto others"" Christ, "No man is an island" John Donne.

But in spite of all the warnings modern man seems bent on alienation. How has this come

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Hal O'Leary is an 88 year old veteran of WWII who, having spent his life in theatre, and as a Secular Humanist, believes that it is only through the arts that we are afforded an occasional glimpse into the otherwise incomprehensible. As an 'atheist (more...)
 

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