Embracing Humanistic Ethics: Overcoming Workplace Cynicism

My son is 18. He's still in high school but starting to think about entering the work world. He's cynical. Extremely cynical. He's absorbing messages about worker oppression and corporate exploitation. While I'm glad he knows what he doesn't want, he seems to think ALL workplaces are bad. And this simply isn't true. Not all workplaces are oppressive, some are, but most of the ones I've been in have been good places to work overall. I've worked with truly excellent people over the years. But this does mean that employers who are trying to do a good job - need to make sure prospective employees know this, because if my son is any indication, the next generation is not going to be willing to tolerate explotation in the workplace.

The Reality Check

I understand the concerns fueling workplace cynicism. Discussions about worker oppression are vital, shedding light on issues that need urgent attention. However, it's equally important to acknowledge that not all workplaces are exploitative. Let's challenge the stereotype and explore the reality of creating environments that prioritize humanistic ethics.

We need to find a way to eliminate bad workplaces and ensure that workers at all levels of society are treated with dignity and worth.

Defining Humanistic Ethics:

Humanistic ethics are the bedrock of creating a workplace that values individuals and their well-being. It encompasses fair treatment, transparent communication, and a commitment to fostering a collaborative and empowering culture.

All humans have dignity. Most humans want to contribute to their society. No human wants to be treated like dirt or that they don't matter. Young people want a better society. Those of us in positions of "power" need to make sure we help them create that better society.

Why Humanistic Ethics Matters:

Research consistently shows that companies embracing humanistic ethics experience higher employee satisfaction, increased productivity, and a more positive workplace culture. It's not just a moral imperative; it's a strategic advantage.

Contrast with Oppressive Practices:

To truly appreciate the impact of humanistic ethics, let's compare it with oppressive practices. While oppressive workplaces breed discontent and burnout, humanistic companies thrive on collaboration, innovation, and long-term employee loyalty.

Creating a Healthy Workplace

Proactive Measures:

Companies can take proactive steps to create a healthy, balanced workplace:

  • Implement employee engagement programs by making sure their employees are included.
  • Foster transparent communication
  • Ensure fair compensation and benefits
  • Provide opportunities for professional development

Collaboration Over Exploitation

Collaborative Culture:

A workplace built on collaboration prioritizes the collective success of its employees. It encourages open communication, idea sharing, and a sense of shared purpose. Mostly - it encourages employees to work together to get the work of the organization done. This requires inclusion and the treating of all employees as valued partners.

Success Stories:

Consider companies that have successfully transitioned to a collaborative, humanistic approach. The positive outcomes for both employees and the organization demonstrate the tangible benefits of prioritizing people over profit.

Overcoming Cynicism

Individual Empowerment:

Individuals can overcome workplace cynicism by actively seeking out companies with humanistic values. By aligning personal values with workplace culture, employees contribute to a positive work environment.

Changing the Narrative:

It's time to shift the narrative around work and employment. Let's focus on the potential for positive change through collective efforts, steering the conversation toward solutions rather than just highlighting problems.


As we navigate the complex landscape of modern work, let's hold onto hope for a future where workplaces are characterized by collaboration, fairness, and a genuine commitment to humanistic ethics. By fostering open dialogue and embracing a proactive mindset, we can contribute to a collective shift toward healthier and more fulfilling work environments.

Call to Action

I invite you to share your experiences and thoughts on creating positive workplace environments. Let's spread the message of humanistic ethics and encourage a broader conversation about the future of work. Together, we can shape a workplace culture that empowers individuals and fosters genuine collaboration.

UFOs, Transparency, and Cognitive Dissonance: Exploring the Impact on Worldview and Humanism

 The topic of UFOs (Unidentified Flying Objects) has long captured the imagination of the masses, and it's become even more prominent with recent events, such as the congressional hearings and documentaries like "Encounters" produced by Amblin Entertainment which is owned by Steven Spielberg who made ET and Close Encounters of the 3rd kind using the head of Project Bluebook as a consultant.  

While the existence of UFOs remains a subject of debate, the issue of transparency, and the potential cognitive dissonance it may bring, is equally intriguing. In this blog post, we'll delve into the implications of keeping UFO-related information secret, the potential impact on different worldviews, and why transparency and openness are crucial for scientific progress and the humanistic perspective.

The Secrecy Surrounding UFOs

For decades, the secrecy surrounding UFOs has been a contentious issue. Some argue that this secrecy stems from the high number of false reports compared to genuine sightings. According to experts like the Project Blue Book consultant, only a small fraction of reports were deemed of unknown origin. 

Implications for Different Worldviews

However, a deeper, more unsettling allegation suggests that high-ranking military officials in the past were concerned about the implications of non-human intelligence on religion. In the 1950s, many military leaders were devout Christians, and some may have feared that acknowledging these entities as real would challenge religious beliefs, possibly leading to social upheaval.

The existence of UFOs, if proven, poses questions for individuals with varying worldviews. For atheists and skeptics, the revelation may not be as disruptive to their beliefs, given their tendency to debunk paranormal phenomena. However, for those with strong religious convictions, it could challenge their faith. Additionally, the emergence of new religions and belief systems in response to these "encounters" highlights the profound impact such knowledge could have on society's spiritual fabric.

Transparency and Scientific Progress

One of the most critical aspects of the UFO secrecy issue is the potential loss of scientific knowledge and research opportunities. Transparency is vital because it allows scientific collaboration and exploration. By suppressing information on UFOs, our government may have hindered the advancement of knowledge for over 70 years.  By keeping this knowledge hidden, we lost a substantial opportunity to learn and expand our understanding of physics and the universe.

When it comes to UFO or UAP phenomenon, naturalism is key. If something happens, there is a natural explanation for it. Supernaturalism is not required ever.  This means, if there are objects that can be observed to - teleport (move from 1 place to another without moving physically between them, then that observation tells us - teleportation is physically possible. If objects can move without propulsion systems, it means that is physically possible and that a natural explanation exists and that we can learn what that natural explanation is. 

The first step is observation and according to the government whistleblowers, that first step - observation - has occurred. We now need to move on to learning how it happens and how to control it happening. 

Failure to be transparent about this decades ago - put our research back - decades. 

The Case for Transparency

The lack of transparency surrounding UFOs emphasizes the importance of open, collaborative scientific investigation. It is a tragedy for humanity when information is hoarded rather than shared. Science thrives on collaboration, and none of us knows everything. To advance as a society, we must be open about what is known so that others can build upon existing knowledge. Whistleblowers from national security circles have stepped forward because they recognize the harm caused by the suppression of information.

Reframing the Questions

Instead of asking what UFOs are, we should question who we are as a species. The existence of non-human intelligences in the universe, if true, forces us to confront the essence of humanity and our place in the cosmos. This journey of self-discovery aligns with humanism, which is the applied study of what it means to be human. Acknowledging the existence of other intelligences can stimulate profound self-reflection and exploration of our human nature.


The UFO phenomenon and the associated issues of transparency and cognitive dissonance are complex and far-reaching. Regardless of one's worldview, the need for transparency and collaboration in exploring the unknown cannot be overstated. 

As we navigate the uncertain terrain of UFO encounters, we must remember that the pursuit of knowledge, understanding, and self-discovery are intrinsically human endeavors. In the spirit of open-minded skepticism, we should embrace the call for openness and transparency and embark on the journey of exploration, not just of the cosmos but of ourselves as well.

We should not let fear stop us from researching this. We should be open minded skeptics. Search for natural explanations. Don't be so skeptical we ignore the evidence being provided to us. 

If you have not watched the government hearings or Encounters - I think you should. It's a scientific and philosophic exploration of what people who claim to have had encounters are experiencing - both at the time and in the decades since their encounters. 

Collaboration is Hard - Here's How to Learn How to Do It Well, with Songwriting as an Example

Collaboration, as it turns out, is not as simple as many may believe. It's a skill that needs to be nurtured, developed, and perfected over time. This holds true in various aspects of life, and one unexpected area where collaboration shines is in the world of songwriting. In this blog post, we'll explore how collaboration plays a crucial role in songwriting and discover valuable lessons that can be applied to other fields as well.

image from Daisy Jones and the Six

The Power of Collaboration in Songwriting

Solo songwriting can yield decent results, and an individual can produce some good songs. However, to create truly great music, collaboration is required.  Great music, often considered a masterpiece, can only be achieved through effective collaboration.

It's not just about co-writing lyrics and melodies but also working together on arrangements and collaborating with musicians and vocalists.

Learning from Daisy Jones and the Six

The television show "Daisy Jones and the Six" portrayed the co-writing process accurately. It demonstrated that collaboration is a challenging endeavor. Trust is the foundation upon which successful collaboration is built. Learning to trust your collaborators, their ideas, and their expertise is an essential part of the process. This is a work of fiction, loosely based on Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac. It's a good show. 

Practice Makes Perfect

Collaboration is a skill that requires practice. In the world of songwriting, songwriters actively seek out songwriting groups to hone their collaborative abilities. These groups often provide prompts and encourage members to work together on a song. It's through these experiences that songwriters learn not only how to write good songs but also how to collaborate effectively.

Letting Go of Control

One of the most critical aspects of collaboration is being willing to let go of control. Collaborators must be open to sharing their ideas and embracing the fact that their project may take a different direction than originally intended. In fact, you often have to let your project get torn apart and put back together in a different way.

I find it's helpful to remind myself that I can always revisit my original ideas at a later time. I'm not losing anything; I'm simply opening myself up to other ideas. I'm adapting, evolving and learning something new.

Embracing Revisions and Experimentation

Songwriting is a craft that often involves writing an entire song only to extract a single line that can be used to create an even better composition. This process reflects the importance of experimentation, openness to being wrong, and a focus on the final product over personal ego. Sometimes, the best ideas come from the most unexpected places.

It's Okay to Write Crap

Lastly, it's important to understand that it's perfectly okay to write subpar material. In fact, writing less-than-stellar songs is a valuable part of the learning process. These "less successful" attempts serve as stepping stones to better work and contribute to personal growth and development as a songwriter and collaborator.


Collaboration is indeed challenging, but it's a skill worth mastering. Songwriting exemplifies how learning to collaborate effectively can result in exceptional art. By seeking out collaboration opportunities, practicing the art of letting go, embracing revisions, and being open to experimentation, individuals in any field can enhance their collaborative abilities and, in turn, achieve more remarkable outcomes. So, whether you're a songwriter or a professional in any other area, remember that collaboration is a journey that leads to greatness.

Navigating the Seas of Happiness and Depression: A Humanist Perspective


In our pursuit of happiness, we often find ourselves navigating the unpredictable waters of life's challenges. For those of us who subscribe to Humanist philosophy, the path to happiness is rooted in realism, compassion, and self-empowerment. This blog post explores how to maintain positivity in the face of stressful situations, understanding the natural ebb and flow of emotions, and the profound ways in which happiness can be a byproduct of our actions and connections with others. We also shed light on the importance of seeking help, even when it comes in the form of medication, as exemplified by personal experiences with anti-depressents.

The Ebb and Flow of Emotions

Life is a journey filled with ups and downs. Emotions, much like the tides, ebb and flow. The Humanist perspective acknowledges that it's perfectly normal to experience a range of emotions, including sadness and frustration. These emotions are not roadblocks on the path to happiness but rather integral parts of the human experience.

Acceptance and self-compassion play a pivotal role in navigating this emotional ebb and flow. Understanding that it's okay to feel down sometimes can be liberating. In these moments, instead of suppressing or denying your emotions, embrace them. Allow yourself to process these feelings, for it's often through introspection that you'll uncover the seeds of happiness.

Happiness as a Byproduct

Humanist philosophy underscores the idea that happiness isn't a goal in and of itself but rather a byproduct of our actions and connections. Happiness often sneaks up on us when we're fully engaged in activities we're passionate about or spending quality time with people we care about. It's in these moments that we forget to chase happiness, and instead, it naturally fills our hearts.

Helping others can also be a powerful source of happiness. Humanists believe in the profound impact of compassion and altruism. Helping others not only contributes to the well-being of those you assist but also enriches your own life. The simple act of kindness can trigger a sense of fulfillment and happiness that transcends the immediate moment.

Seeking Chemical Help

Sometimes, the turbulent seas of depression can feel overwhelming and sometimes our biology just doesn't cooperate. Depression can be clinical in nature and no amount of doing good will change help. Humanist philosophy, while rooted in self-empowerment, recognizes that there are times when external assistance is necessary and that it's not only ok to see out that help, it's part of your empowerment.

My son recently went on an anti-depressant. He has felt hollow for a while and advocated for himself that we allow him to seek medical intervention, which we did. He's had an immediate improvement. He's struggling significantly less, way more social and engaged then he had been.

Sure, we could have rode it out as part of - teenage angst, but he knows himself best at 17 and did the right thing telling us he felt he needed additional help. His doctor agreed and put him on a drug.  He's gone from struggling to even start his school work to being ahead of his work and getting As. He's much happier. 

Anti-depressant medications can serve as a lifeline for individuals struggling with depression. The Humanist perspective encourages us to embrace science and seek help when needed. Mental health, just like physical health, requires professional care when facing difficulties. It's a testament to human resilience that we have developed treatments that can make such a profound difference in people's lives.


In the grand tapestry of life, happiness isn't a static destination but a dynamic journey. As Humanists, we are grounded in reality and seek to derive meaning and joy from our experiences, even when faced with adversity. Remember that the ebb and flow of emotions are a natural part of being human, and happiness often emerges from our actions and connections with others. When life's challenges become overwhelming, don't hesitate to seek help, whether it be through therapy, medication, or a supportive community. In the pursuit of happiness, we empower ourselves to navigate the seas of life with resilience, compassion, and a true appreciation for the human experience.

Learn More

If you're eager to explore the Humanist approach to happiness in greater depth, we recommend diving into Jennifer's insightful book, 'The Humanist Approach to Happiness.' In her book, she delves even deeper into the principles and practices that can guide you on your journey toward a more fulfilling and joyful life. Through the lens of Humanism, you'll discover valuable insights and practical wisdom for navigating the complexities of the human experience."

This closing statement encourages readers to further explore the topic by reading Jennifer's book, inviting them to delve deeper into the Humanist perspective on happiness.


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