Some Basics About #Humanism

Some Basics About #Humanism August 13, 2015

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Definition:

Humanism is an evidence-based value system dedicated to freedom of thought and the promotion of the well-being of the planet and living things.

Humanism in Seven Points

People matter more than ideas.

People have many ways of knowing, many ways of discovering and expressing what it means to be human. All ways matter. Art is universal.

Science, mathematics, and scholarship are universal human expressions testable and provable in all human cultures. These are universal human projects.

Knowledge must be tempered with the humbleness of wisdom. While Humanism bases itself on the best of human knowledge at a given time, knowledge is contingent, the truism of today becoming the artifact of tomorrow.

Evolution is the greatest story of all, combining the cosmos with the human ethos.

Humanists see people as of central concern not because of our specialness as a species but because of our capacity to both heal and destroy ourselves, the planet, and all living things.

Humanism is a religious devotion to life.

What are the Goals of Humanism?

To grow beyond tribalism, whether of religion, race, gender, nation, location, or class.

To grow beyond patriarchy.

To encourage human potential and the diversity of human expression, in art, in life.

To pursue knowledge and wisdom, wherever the pursuit leads.

To implement the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and to strengthen the United Nations. http://www.ohchr.org/EN/UDHR/Pages/Introduction.aspx

To end economic inequality.

To care for the planet and its biological diversity

To help all of humanity move beyond . . .

These goals are both individual and communal.

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