Life is…

Life is meaningless. …
I think it’s absurd—the idea of seeking meaning
in the set of circumstances that happens to exist
after 13.8 billion years’ worth of unguided events.
Leave it to humans to think the universe has a purpose for them. …
There is only one sensible thing to do with this empty existence, and that is: fill it. …
Life is best filled by learning as much as you can about as much as you can,
taking pride in whatever you’re doing,
having compassion, sharing ideas, being enthusiastic. …
It’s an incredibly exciting thing, this one meaningless life of yours.

— Tim Minchin

Super Typhoon Haiyan – Humanist Response via Foundation Beyond Belief

Typhoon-ravaged Philippine islands faced an unimaginably huge recovery effort that had barely begun Monday, as bloated bodies lay uncollected and uncounted in the streets and survivors pleaded for food, water and medicine.

The Foundation Beyond Belief  reports “the death toll from Super Typhoon Haiyan could reach 10,000according to officials in the Philippines. News from the region is filled with heart-wrenching stories of children torn from their parents’ arms, families hopelessly searching for lost loved ones, and bodies piling up as the region struggles to organize a response to the disaster.

The city of Tacloban was one of the hardest-hit places. Essential infrastructure has been destroyed, and crops were ruined. Food, water, and shelter are scarce. The area is in desperate need of medical supplies and electricity. Humanitarian aid cannot come too quickly.

As of Sunday afternoon, Foundation Beyond Belief’s Humanist Crisis Response program has raised more than $10,000 in support of CITIZENS’ DISASTER RESPONSE CENTER, a seasoned and effective community-based relief organization in the Philippines. 100 percent of all donations will be forwarded to CDRC throughout the course of the drive.”

Donations can be made through the Foundation Beyond Belief and other organizations.