Opening Words from Sun. February 25 by Louise Jett

Good morning. My name is Louise Jett, and I am the social media manager here at the Ethical Society.

When I first found the listing for the social media manager position on LinkedIn, I got really excited. I knew that if the Society was truly ethical, and I was truly the right person for the job, I would be hired and I would succeed in spreading awareness about a movement I cherish – Humanism.

Well here I am, so the hiring process was obviously ethical, and I am happy to be sharing information about this awesome community that I have grown to know and love. Almost every time I’m here, someone thanks me and praises me for a job well done. I feel welcomed and appreciated, and that means so much to me.

It’s no surprise that I feel right at home at the Ethical Society. I am a Humanist. To me, this means I am devoted to behaving in a way that elicits the best in others, and I believe all human beings have worth.

I love the fact that Humanism is a philosophy that encourages free thought and questioning, so it is practiced and defined in many different ways. It is truly a personal and communal experience because we are all free to believe whatever we want. For example, some of the Ethical Society members consider Humanism to be their religion, while others consider themselves non-religious.

I was introduced to the goals and core values of Humanism by those who have lived and are living its principles and first and foremost by the beloved Kurt Vonnegut, who wrote in The Sirens of Titan, “A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.”

When I am at the Ethical Society, this is very easy to do. Thank you!

NOTE: The ideas and opinions in this post do not necessarily express the thoughts or opinions of the Ethical Society of St. Louis or its leadership.