Herb Van Fleet is the former President of the Humanist Association of Tulsa, from which he is also now retired. He has a newer and more extensive blog, which provides a number of his essays and Op-Ed pieces: http://theabsurdityindex.wordpress.com/

His philosophy of life derives from the thoughts of other observers of the world, some of which include:

“If the world were a logical place, men would ride side-saddle.”
Rita Mae Brown

“History shows that great nations rise and great nations fall, but the autopsy of history is that all great nations commit suicide.”
– British Historian Arnold Toynbee

“Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.”
– Francois Voltaire

“When fascism comes to America, it will be draped in the flag and carrying a bible.”
Sinclair Lewis

“The greatest fallacy in communication is to assume that you have.”
George Bernard Shaw

“The great end of all human industry is the attainment of happiness. For this were arts invented, sciences cultivated, laws ordained, and societies modeled, by the most profound wisdom of patriots and legislators. Even the lonely savage, who lies exposed to the inclemency of the elements and the fury of wild beasts, forgets not, for a moment, this grand object of his being.”
David Hume



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