The search for Self is vain, because it is a search for something that does not exist except as a mythical concept which has had to be taken into the structure of language by common assent. If it is used in any other way than as a fictitious convenience - if it is taken as meaning something real and enduring - it cannot be anything but a stumbling-block to the development of right understanding.
Eric Lubbock, Lord Avebury, b September 29, 1928. Upper Canada College & Balliol College Oxford (BA 1949, boxing blue); Welsh Guards (Second Lieut) 1949-51; Rolls Royce (aero-engine division) 1951-6; Production Engineering 1956-60; Charterhouse Group 1960-2.
MP Orpington 1962-70; Liberal Chief Whip 1963-70;
Chair, Parliamentary Civil Liberties Group 1964-70; Parliamentary Human Rights Group, 1976-1997; Traveller Law Reform Unit; Peru Support Group, 2003-; Cameroon Campaign Group 2003-
Speaker's Conference on Electoral Law 1963-5; Select Committee on Science and Technology, 1968-70; Royal Commission on Standards of Conduct in Public Life, 1974-6
President, Data Processing Management Association, 1972-5; Fluoridation Society, 1972-84; Conservation Society, 1973-83; London Bach Society, 1984-98; ACERT (Advisory Council for Education of Romanies & Travellers) 2001-;TAPOL (Indonesian human rights); Kurdish Human Rights Project;
Patron, Angulimala (Buddhist Prison Chaplaincy), 1992-; Founder, Parliamentarians for East Timor, 1988; Vice-Chair, Parliamentary Group for Tibet; Member, Institution of Mechanical Engineers (MIMechE); Fellow, British Computer Society (FBCS).
This year's winner of the Secularist of the Year was the Southall Black Sisters, a not-for-profit organisation established in 1979 to meet the needs of black (Asian and African-Caribbean) women. They highlight and challenge violence against women; empower them to gain more control over their lives; to live without fear of violence; and to assert their human rights to justice, equality and freedom. They have been at the forefront of challenging domestic and gender violence locally and nationally, and campaigning for the provision of support services to enable women and their children to escape violent relationships.
Their resource centre in West London provides a comprehensive service to women victims of violence and abuse, with specialist advice, information, casework, advocacy, counselling and self-help support services in several community languages. They are managed by a group of women with long experience of women's struggles and commitment to women's rights.