VSHA Master r1 300X150 Humanist Cafe


 Dec 18, 2013

 7:00 to 8:30 pm

Topic: Issues to ponder for 2013 and 2014 – Why are we celebrating?

Moderator: John Pope

Happy Holidays??

As a Humanist, what are you celebrating this solstice holiday season?  Let’s look at the year 2013 and star-gaze into 2014 for signs of human progress or failure.

Some major world media events of 2013:

January – Hostage taking at Algeria natural gas facility – 40 killed
February – Francis becomes new Pope as Benedict retires
March – EU bails out Cyprus banks for 10 billion Euros
April – Building collapse in Bangladesh killing 1129
April – Boston Marathon bombing
June – Edward Snowdon discloses US spy operations
June – India flash floods kill 5700 and trap 20,000
July – Egypt, President Mohamed Morsi is deposed in a military coup d’état
September – Islamic militants attack mall in Nairobi kill 62
November – Massive typhoon hits The Philippines kills more than 6000
November – Iran negotiates to limit their nuclear development program
December – Nelson Mandela dies

Some lesser known events from 2013:

January – Patti Page dies
February – Invention of 3-D printer
March – Canada becomes the first country to withdraw from the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification
March – UN adopts Convention to Combat Desertification
April – The UN adopts the Arms Trade Treaty
May – Scientists create first embryonic stem cells by cloning
December – Situation at Fukushima nuclear site deteriorates

[You may think of another important event not listed here – bring it to the  discussion!]

Questions to ponder:

Are natural disasters increasing?  Are the effects of climate change likely to get worse in 2014?

How do the world geo-political events of 2013 affect us here in Canada?

Will Homo Sapiens be better off in 2014?

Who cares?


Joke for the season:  Q: “What did one planet say to the other planet?”  A: “I hear you have Homo Sapiens…  Don’t worry, it will pass.”

See you there!