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