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Interview with Dennis Pulido on Humanism


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): Medium (Humanist Voices)

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2018/07/30

Scott Douglas Jacobsen: When it comes to religion or irreligion, what was family background in it?

David Pulido: I’m from a catholic family, in a mostly christian community.

Jacobsen: How does personal background feed into this as well?

Pulido: That is, how has religion influenced you, personally? I don’t really think it has influenced me personally. But at the very least, I can empathize with people of fate and see things from their point of view so I don’t get biased with my secular decision making.

Jacobsen: When did humanism become a practical reality for you?

Pulido: When I took a long vacation in the Philippines in 2014, I decided to help out the local street children and homeless people. My methods may not be perfect, but at least I try. That is when I realized I want to contribute someway somehow.

Jacobsen: What were some of your early involvements in the community?

Pulido: Pretty much when I was in that Philippine vacation in 2014.

Jacobsen: How does HAPI provide for the needs of the community in the Philippines?

Pulido: While HAPI provides charity work, which is done by various religious groups in the Philippines, it is clear that one of the biggest problems of the Philippines is how religion and superstition get in the way of real practical solutions, and I’m hoping HAPI is the means for the Philippine community to understand that.

Jacobsen: What makes a good humanist — so to speak?

Pulido: Someone who adheres to and lives the humanist lifestyle. A good humanist understands that we are all human beings and because we share space in this world, we are accountable for one another.

Jacobsen: How can people become involved in humanism?

Pulido: By having practical understanding of the problems and utilizing practical solutions.

Jacobsen: Who are some exemplars of humanism to you, in the Filipino/Filipina traditions?

Pulido: I can’t really say I know anyone. Growing up in the Philippines, I admit I have become jaded and even pessimistic about the attitude of the Filipinos towards what really matters. I think this provides an opportunity for myself and others like me to be the exemplars for future generations.

Jacobsen: Thank you for the opportunity and your time, David.

Pulido: Thank you.


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