Bob Knotts | May 24, 2013
This post will be brief. There’s no need to dwell on the obvious beyond a simple fact: The devastating Oklahoma tornado shattered many lives, and ended others … and the people there need our help. The stories have been heart-rending and sometimes inspiring too, like that of the teacher who laid on top of her students during the height of the storm to protect them, risking her own life. She survived. Some of her kids didn’t, despite her courage. I was in tears listening to this brave woman recount those frightening moments from her hospital bed. There are many, many other such memories among survivors. As always after these awful events, we ask ourselves the question: How can I help? Well, of course we can begin by making a donation. Every one of us can afford at least $10 and the simplest way to give that amount is to text the Red Cross. Just text their name as one word, REDCROSS, to 90999.
Bob Knotts | April 20, 2013
It has been a tough week for those of us in this country, here in the United States. The Boston bombing, the ricin mailings, the chases, the shootings and arrests … and of course the deaths and injuries that followed another terrorist attack. At such times, it helps to look toward the light. And toward faith — faith in other people, ironically enough. Whatever your personal religious beliefs, a faith in humanity surely must be part of a useful belief system for any person.
site administrator | April 6, 2013
Can music save the world? Why do we love music so much? I think it might have to do with the fact that when we listen to songs we like, we become music. For those brief moments, we go a little beyond our rational selves with name, position, job and we get to experience a broader range of emotions. Our hearts sing to the beat of music and we experience freedom. And in that space of closeness to our essence, we also get to establish connection with others’ essence. I think that’s the magic of music. It happens at a very personal level and yet it serves as a bridge. When we cross that bridge, we understand each other better. This understanding is the first step towards accepting others and thus establishing stronger social connections.
Bob Knotts | March 29, 2013
With the arrival of another spring, the Humanity Project is full of hope. We are an optimistic organization anyway, with faith in humanity based on a rational assessment of our past and present as well as our very attainable future as a species. Despite the news stories of tragedy, there is much more good than bad in this world. And the human race truly is moving in the right direction, as studies of things such as worldwide poverty and access to education have shown. And so as millions of our fellow human beings celebrate religious or spiritual holidays, we offer some thoughts on hope, that most human of emotions.
Bob Knotts | March 14, 2013
We can’t let this day go by without acknowledging the birthday of one of the Humanity Project’s favorite people: Albert Einstein. Born on March 14, 1879, Dr. Einstein lived a long life of great value to the human race, of course. And he has come to represent nearly the dictionary definition of genius in our time. His story is well-known and not something we need to re-tell here. Everyone is aware of his scientific accomplishments that helped us gain a richer, more realistic understanding of our universe. But I suspect many folks still may not know much about Einstein’s humanitarian efforts. These include deeply insightful writings on pacifism and peace. We often quote Einstein on the Quotes page here on this website …
Bob Knotts | February 5, 2013
It was a very good start to 2013. Our great friends at State Farm let us know they were awarding the Humanity Project a new grant — this time to expand and market our innovative I Care teen driver safety program. This means that we will be able to create videos and original music as well as to develop our I Care Facebook page. The vital funding also will allow us to involve students more effectively in helping to spread the book among their peers.
Bob Knotts | January 25, 2013
“Everyone has the power for greatness, not for fame but greatness, because greatness is determined by service.”
Martin Luther King Jr. … At the Humanity Project, we love that quotation. Words from a man who surely knew what he was talking about, a preacher who rose to greatness through extraordinary service to humanity. This idea of greatness through service also is an underlying concept of Humanity Project programs and our other efforts in the community.
Bob Knotts | December 28, 2012
Many of us have a strong desire to help other people. But for lots of good-hearted people, the question is how to do this. “How can I make a real, meaningful difference?” Of course, there are countless needs in our society and countless ways to assist the effort to meet those needs. Here at the Humanity Project, we rely on dozens of adult and student volunteers to carry out our work. But there is something very simple any of us can do to make a real difference — right now. We can focus on helping other people feel good about themselves, showing them through our words and behavior that they have value as individual members of the human race. That’s not as difficult or lofty as it may sound.
Bob Knotts | December 19, 2012
Guest blog by Mandi Hawke of SunServe, a nonprofit serving the LGBT community: “I believe that we’re now headed towards a global movement in acceptance and love for each other as well as tolerance of human differences. The new consciousness belief structure intuitively understands that we’re all one human race connected to the earth and that everything is living, breathing and deserves respect. We’re finally starting to see beyond skin color, religion or who people love. We’re beginning to wake up to a need to treat animals, earth and all its elements with kindness.”
Bob Knotts | December 14, 2012
Like people the world over, the Humanity Project is profoundly saddened today by news of massacres against children. In Connecticut and in China, young students were attacked. As I write this post, the latest reports indicate that many died in the United States, many were hurt in China. We mourn the dead and grieve with their families. We feel the pain of those injured, physically and emotionally, at both schools. And we renew our commitment to helping so many other good people work toward a greater understanding of ourselves and each other … and to applying that knowledge in a way that improves society.