WHAT IS HUMANISM
Humanism involves far more than
the negation of supernaturalism.
It requires an affirmative philosophy . . . translated into a life devoted to one's own improvement and the
service of all mankind.
WHAT IS HUMANISM?
As humanists, we believe that we are part of nature and as such have a responsibility of stewardship towards the environment as well as a duty of respect towards our fellow human beings. Humanists do not believe in anything supernatural, or in spiritual realms, in a god or gods. Instead, we value evidence-based investigation.
Humanism posits that human beings are capable of being ethical and moral without religion or belief in the supernatural, spiritual, or deity. We have seen it done so we know this is possible. So we affirm our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good.
Humanism is a philosophy based upon a profound respect for human dignity and the conviction that human beings are ultimately accountable to themselves and to society for their actions. Humanists are guided by reason and scientific inquiry, inspired by music and art, and motivated by ethics, compassion and fairness.
Humanists also derive a sense of awe and appreciation from positive aspects of life such as art, music, sport, nature, and time spent with family and friends. Humanists are just one group of people who have this viewpoint. There are others e. g people who identify as atheist or agnostic.
It must be understood that Humanism is not a code word for atheism—it’s much more than that. Humanism is atheism with ethics, atheism that recognizes that the injustices of this world are ours, as humans who know how the world works, to fight, to defeat, and to correct.
Humanism is atheism cognizant enough of sociological data and interested enough about people’s own experiences to recognize the crushing burden of oppression carried by the queer community, people of color, disabled people, and the many other subgroups of society ill-served by the current order of things. Humanism is atheism that is prepared to acknowledge that, to build a more equal and fair society for all, the first and biggest step is to make our cause, as humanists, making this world kinder to women, people of color, gender and sexual minorities, poor people, and disabled people.