f Humanisticus: Why Humanism

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Why Humanism

One of the major drawbacks with being an atheist is that it doesn’t state anything about the person except the simple fact that they reject the premise of a god due to the lack of evidence. This makes it easy for opponents of atheism to ascribe negative labels on atheists such as they don’t believe in anything, immoral, anti-religion, communists, anti-democracy, and so on. Although these labels are erroneous I find myself defending myself against such accusations continuously, it was this that lead me to Humanism. Humanism is not only atheistic but there are is an agreed statement of fundamental principles which are as follows,

1.      Humanism is ethical. It affirms the worth, dignity and autonomy of the individual and the right of every human being to the greatest possible freedom compatible with the rights of others. Humanists have a duty of care to all of humanity including future generations. Humanists believe that morality is an intrinsic part of human nature based on understanding and a concern for others, needing no external sanction.

2.      Humanism is rational. It seeks to use science creatively, not destructively. Humanists believe that the solutions to the world's problems lie in human thought and action rather than divine intervention. Humanism advocates the application of the methods of science and free inquiry to the problems of human welfare. But Humanists also believe that the application of science and technology must be tempered by human values. Science gives us the means but human values must propose the ends.

3.      Humanism supports democracy and human rights. Humanism aims at the fullest possible development of every human being. It holds that democracy and human development are matters of right. The principles of democracy and human rights can be applied to many human relationships and are not restricted to methods of government.

4.      Humanism insists that personal liberty must be combined with social responsibility. Humanism ventures to build a world on the idea of the free person responsible to society, and recognises our dependence on and responsibility for the natural world. Humanism is undogmatic, imposing no creed upon its adherents. It is thus committed to education free from indoctrination.

5.      Humanism is a response to the widespread demand for an alternative to dogmatic religion. The world's major religions claim to be based on revelations fixed for all time, and many seek to impose their world-views on all of humanity. Humanism recognises that reliable knowledge of the world and ourselves arises through a continuing process of observation, evaluation and revision.

6.      Humanism values artistic creativity and imagination and recognises the transforming power of art. Humanism affirms the importance of literature, music, and the visual and performing arts for personal development and fulfilment.

7.      Humanism is a lifestance aiming at the maximum possible fulfilment through the cultivation of ethical and creative living and offers an ethical and rational means of addressing the challenges of our times. Humanism can be a way of life for everyone everywhere.

These principles were established by the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) along with many Humanist associations worldwide. Hence many of the labels that are wrongly attributed to atheists simply cannot be affixed to Humanists as their core established principles state otherwise. This is but one of the many reasons I would purport and promote Humanism and encourage any atheists who agree with the above statements to support and join Humanist groups.

2 comments:

  1. In order to meet the required goal we have begun by establishing a development program, the 'Traveler's Mission', aimed at protecting human rights and fostering responsible youth care and education in an environmental context. This program includes living with the natives in different places to know the social, cultural, economical, political, environmental and ecological situations and serves as a communication platform that will enable people of different countries to share their thoughts and experiences and work together for the establishment of the extensive central project of the Eco-friendly Spiritual Education system with the interest of the Global community.

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  2. Humanism sounds like my future, hopefully a good one. :)

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