Looking Back – 25 Years Ago in Free Inquiry

“Humanists know something must be done. We know that it is only by coming together and figuring out what kind of world we want to live in, only by giving our attention to why ‘values’ have been eschewed and why so many people seem to have given up, that we can pursue our vision, the humanist vision of a cosmic world-view. The questionings must go on: ‘Can we,’ as Camus asked, ‘find meaning in being a human being unless we share the struggles inherent in living together?’ His response—the insistence that an authentic revolt against the human condition had to be a revolt in the name of ‘the solidarity of man with man’—continues to be ever more relevant in our times.

“‘Alone is not enough!’ has become the encapsulated response to the rage and the despair … . This outcry is a symbol, echoing the writings of Camus.”

—Jeanette Lowen, “How Can We Live in the World of the Absurd?:
The Humanism of Albert Camus”
Free Inquiry, Volume 14, No. 4 (Fall 1994)

Editor’s Note: Jeanette Lowen is a retired educator and social worker and the author of several books. Her most recent contribution to Free Inquiry was an appreciation of Ashley Montagu (Great Minds, June/July 2011).


“Humanists know something must be done. We know that it is only by coming together and figuring out what kind of world we want to live in, only by giving our attention to why ‘values’ have been eschewed and why so many people seem to have given up, that we can pursue our vision, the …

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