Saved by Deity or Saved by Self?

I am just fifty years old this year

and continually learning

that what has occurred  in our country’s

history really makes a difference!

Currently I am reading ‘For the President’s Eye’s Only” by Christopher Andrew which is

considered the most important book written concerning American Intelligence from the time of

George Washington to George Bush Sr.

Many situations there to ponder. Ego, intrigue and deceptions. Wonder upon wonder that our

young country, or shall I call it the “Great Idea”, has held it’s own as well as it has.

Many times it seems that providence, what ever one may call him or it, has been at work moving

times and circumstance to protect this ‘Great Idea” from ruin.

Today I have been challenged to consider two equally interesting documents.

The first being, The Humanist Manifesto I ,written in 1933 by one author and signed by 34.

The other, The Humanist Manifesto II, written by two authors and signed by 120 in 1973.

To date that number grows as the platform to add signatures is publicly available.

Forty years of history  had created the need to update the first Manifesto…

Wikipedia: The second Humanist Manifesto was written in 1973 by Paul Kurtz and Edwin H.

Wilson, and was intended to update the previous one. It begins with a statement that the excesses

of Nazism and world war had made the first seem “far too optimistic”, and indicated a more

hardheaded and realistic approach in its seventeen-point statement, which was much longer

and more elaborate than the previous version. Nevertheless, much of the unbridled optimism of

the first remained, with hopes stated that war would become obsolete and poverty would be

eliminated. Further ideas were upheld here included opposition to racism and weapons of mass

destruction and support of strong human rights, which are fairly uncontroversial, and its

prescriptions that divorce and birth control should be legal and that technology can improve life

which is widely accepted today in the Western world.

To add ,its proposal of an international court has since been implemented and many now agree

with  its rejection of religion and controversial stance is strongly supported, notably the right to


One of the oft-quoted lines comes from this manifesto is, “No deity will save us; we must save ourselves.”

Soon another 30 years will have yet passed

and as I am now aware of the Manifesto’s intent

I remember that it was in the very same way that

George Washington, Abraham  Lincoln,Thomas Jefferson

together with other great thinkers of

their times and with their signatures brought about this

” Great Idea”

which has its basis in The Constitution an incredible fore runner document

based on what would seem like uniquely different concepts.  It appears that some, like these who

signed the manifesto,  may

prefer a future that takes it’s cues from fear of loss  rather than true freedom to be personally

responsible for one’s self and those to whom have been placed in one’s path.

It causes me to remember an ancient and true historical account of a country

who would not pay off its aggressors.

Being told that they would be attacked by a million strong army from the North

who were in route through a 14 mile stretch of sand to capture them as slaves.

They were challenged to come together in one mass group on their border in song of praise to the

Deity by whose hand their country had been created.

When they engaged together in this singing  challenge the aggressing army annihilated itself in

transit before it reached their country’s borders.

While I understand the subjective notion that fear is real, I also believe that left to ourselves, and

the world at large, we do need to be saved and that…. only by a Deity, who has the capacity to be

perfect in judgment and whose nature is Love.

May God Continue to Bless America!

In Recognition of the Signers of The Constitution

Done in convention by the unanimous consent of the states present the seventeenth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty seven and of the independence of the United States of America the twelfth.

In witness whereof We have hereunto subscribed our Names,

G. Washington-Presidt. and deputy from Virginia

New Hampshire: John Langdon,

Nicholas Gilman Massachusetts:

Nathaniel Gorham,Rufus King Connecticut:

Wm: Saml. Johnson, Roger Sherman New York:

Alexander Hamilton New Jersey:

Wil: Livingston, David Brearly, Wm. Paterson, Jona: Dayton

Pennsylvania: B. Franklin, Thomas Mifflin, Robt. Morris, Geo. Clymer, Thos. FitzSimons, Jared Ingersoll, James Wilson, Gouv Morris

Delaware: Geo: Read, Gunning Bedford jun, John Dickinson, Richard Bassett, Jaco: Broom

Maryland: James McHenry, Dan of St Thos. Jenifer, Danl Carroll

Virginia: John Blair–, James Madison Jr.

North Carolina: Wm. Blount, Richd. Dobbs Spaight, Hu Williamson

South Carolina: J. Rutledge, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, Charles Pinckney, Pierce Butler

Georgia: William Few, Abr Baldwin

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