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The Guardian: Life as a humanist with the armed forces in Afghanistan

August 26, 2011

I don’t believe in the concept of an afterlife and it frightens me that people do believe in it,’ Petty Officer Christopher Holden tells Riazat Butt.

The gardens of Lashkar Gah. Picture: Sergeant Alison Baskerville, Crown Copyright/MOD 2011

The gardens of Lashkar Gah. Picture: Sergeant Alison Baskerville, Crown Copyright/MOD 2011

“Humanism doesn’t have a lot to say about war and conflict; what it would say is that the subjugation of women and the lack of human flourishing might give a reason for this war,” says Petty Officer Christopher Holden from 3 Commando Brigade, which is deployed in Lashkar Gah, Helmand province.

The 38-year-old from Peterborough describes himself as a humanist because “it seems the most moral philosophy”.

Christopher joined the Royal Navy in 1990, aged 17. He was, as he puts it, “flunking his A-levels with too much partying”. His friends were in the forces. He wanted to travel so he signed up. He is on his first tour.

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  1. Claudio Alpaca permalink
    August 26, 2011 19:35

    Situations are never distinct one to another and war, if is made to establish rights of peoples and on people (without distinctions and preclusions men-women or based on money) may have positive aspects.
    It is sure that soldiers are men who have problems, rights, needs, may be afraid, have several sentiments contestually, such us on civil society.
    God exist and He is not a suppostion, a superstion, or is not only present on marriages or burrials.
    He live on us, He is walking on us and with us.
    “God, said a man,You have said me You should have ever walked with me, and Your footprints, on beach, was near mines.
    A day I have seen only mines.
    The only pair of footprint You have seen a day , said God, was not Your footprints, but mine.
    Footprint You have seen was more profound why I carried you on my arms”.
    This is a beautyfull realty, that must be interiorized. I am sure that, a day, alls will have this certainity.
    Claudio Alpaca

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