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Saying My Promises

by Karl Wickstrom

The following article is from Free Inquiry magazine, Volume 23, Number 3.

Countless secular humanists have sought various ways to promote personal commitments as meaningful substitutes for prayer. "Saying My Promises" is suggested as a hybridization of our thoughts for use by youngsters.

These general concepts are not wholly new, I hasten to note, and I especially acknowledge Family Matters reader Dawn DeGrazio for her input along these lines published previously.

I would envision "Saying My Promises" to be designed and printed in a published format suitable for hanging in children's bedrooms and other locations. As you readily see, these promises represent a beginning-level representation of our Affirmations, to be expanded upon for young people as they develop.

Behind this, of course, is our belief that the promulgation of sound human values need never be dependent on varying church dogma or outdated revelations. Our children can develop character at its highest level through rational and critical thought.

I promise to myself and all others
. . . to be a good person.
. . . to help other people.
. . . to help make the world better.
. . . to care for my mind and body.
. . . to be true to my ideals and friends.

Attractive prints of "Saying My Promises" are available from Center for Inquiry - Florida.
Suitable for framing: $7.00
Framed: $13.00
Prices include shipping and handling in the United States.
To order, phone TOLL FREE 1-800-398-7571 or email tvanpelt@cfiflorida.org for more information.

Karl Wickstrom is a secular humanist residing in Florida.

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