site administrator | June 15, 2013
As a society we have agreed on general beliefs about what is right and what is wrong. What it means to be successful and what it means to not make the grade. But it is a limited perspective on life. We are all individuals, not molds. As a result, often times we carry on an internal struggle. We impose an image on ourselves of what we think we should be or what others expect us to be rather than what we really are. Instead of befriending and trusting the individual we truly are inside, we sometimes try to deny it or even annihilate it. For instance, if your heart tells you to pursue a career in acting or painting instead of a 9 to 5 office job, what is really keeping you from doing it? The only thing that moves us to be something we are not is fear. Fear of criticism, fear of lack of approval, fear of failure. It is here where you should ask yourself: Should I trust a made-up version of myself or the real version? Which one would better guide me through life? Which one can I rely on?
Bob Knotts | June 9, 2013
Yes, we have a whole new website created by kids … for kids! From the Humanity Project. It is a website intended specifically to serve a largely ignored population of special children: socially isolated middle school kids, including many LGBT students. The site is called thp4kids (“The Humanity Project 4 Kids”) and you’ll find it at this link: http://thp4kids.com It has been under development by talented students at a Florida magnet school for two years, with intensive work during the 2012-2013 school year thanks to a generous grant from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board.
Bob Knotts | June 1, 2013
The Humanity Project is proud to be part of the LGBT equal rights movement. We have spoken out about lesbian gay bisexual and transgender issues in this space and elsewhere — and increasingly this cause has become folded into our existing and new programs. Our highly regarded Anti-bullying Through The Arts program always has had a common bond with efforts to end bullying against LGBT students. Now we’re almost ready to launch a new website for socially isolated middle school students, including many LGBT students: thp4kids … “The Humanity Project 4 Kids.” We also meet regularly with an alliance of South Florida nonprofits that work to make life better for the LGBT community.
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.
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 23, 2013
We will keep this blog very short, mostly because we’d rather have you watch a brief video than spend more time reading. This is the latest 40-sec video from our ongoing thp4kids effort. (You’ll remember that the Humanity Project is leading a talented group of students from South Plantation High School in Plantation, Florida. With their great teacher, Madeline Rosario, we’re creating a unique website for socially isolated middle school students, including many in the LGBT community: thp4kids.com. All this is being done through generous funding from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board.) Our quick vid shows some key thp4kids staffers at work … on their Friday off school!
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 | March 8, 2013
The Humanity Project has donated four top-of-the-line HP laptops to South Plantation High School in South Florida as part of our effort to create a new website for socially isolated kids, including many in the LGBT community. Our gift also includes subscriptions to the latest Adobe Creative Cloud professional design software. In addition, some of these talented students visited Zebra Studios recording studio last month to tape voiceovers, a podcast and original music for the website, which will be called thp4kids.com (The Humanity Project 4 Kids).
site administrator | February 28, 2013
(Editor’s Note: This blog was written for the Humanity Project by Dr. Laura Finley, Vice President of the Humanity Project Board of Directors. Dr. Finley is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Barry University.) The United States has seen a deluge of much-needed attention to the issue of bullying in the last decade. Horrific examples of young people harassing and abusing their peers, sometimes to the point that the victims commit suicide, have forced parents and educators to begin thinking about the issue and to initiate or expand bully prevention efforts. What is often missed in these discussions, however, is the problem of adults who bully young people. Adult bullies cause perhaps even more damage, as it is adults that young people are supposed to trust and to look up to.
Bob Knotts | February 21, 2013
Sometimes we all ponder the big questions, don’t we? Why are we here? Where are we going? What becomes of us in the end? At the Humanity Project, we think about these things too — through art. All our Humanity Project programs and other materials use the arts in one form or another to help convey a positive message and also to make sure that message sticks in the minds of the people who can benefit from it. One example of this is our original stories for adult readers, which we like to call fables. Short fictional tales of this type have been used for centuries to convey meaningful ideas. The tenth Humanity Project fable just has been completed and posted, dealing with some of those big questions in a fresh, brief, fun way.