December 23 – HumanLight

Posted on December 23, 2015

I love Carl Sagan's books, including The Demon-Haunted World, and I especially love his subtitle for that book: Science as a Candle in the Dark.

Of course, “the dark” is a metaphor for ignorance and, quite likely, fear and superstition. Science is a great way of lighting up the dark – of learning what is true, of dismantling superstition, and even of diminishing fear.

Another way of expressing that idea is “Reason as a Candle in the Dark.”

It is human reason that is celebrated by HumanLight. Other values celebrated during today's holiday include hope and compassion, tolerance and cooperation. In other words, today people are celebrating the best aspects of humanity – including those aspects we refer to when we call someone “humane.”

What do people do to celebrate HumanLight? Of course, gathering together with family or friends tops the list – and as you can imagine, most people enjoy eating together at these gatherings. Some people also bring in other festive touches such as music, dancing, candle-lightings, decorations, live entertainment, videos, talks or readings or other presentations, crafts and games for the kids. The three colors of HumanLight are red, blue, and gold.

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