I have always believed in the resiliency and goodness of human beings, and their ability to make life enjoyable and meaningful. To me, Humanism is positive relationship in action. It is a non-religious ethical philosophy that encourages all of us to work toward a more compassionate, respectful, equitable, and loving world.
Humanism emphasizes human rights and respect for all humans and the environment. A Humanist creates a more humane and responsible world through a rational and reasonable thought process, a respect for the scientific process, and empathy for others. Helping others and offering hope through a powerful commitment to improving reality is what Humanism is all about to me.
Ten Guiding Principles of Humanism
- Humanism aims at the full development of every human being.
- Humanists uphold the broadest application of democratic principles in all human relationships.
- Humanists advocate the use of scientific methods, both as a guide to distinguish fact from fiction and to help develop beneficial and creative uses of science and technology.
- Humanists affirm the dignity of every person and the right of the individual to personal freedom compatible with the rights of others.
- Humanists call for the continued improvement of society so that no one may be deprived of the basic necessities of life, and for institutions and conditions to provide every person with opportunities for developing their full potential.
- Humanists support the development and extension of fundamental human freedoms, as expressed in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and supplemented by UN International Covenants comprising the United Nations Bill of Human Rights.
- Humanists advocate peaceful resolution of conflicts between individuals, groups, and nations.
- The humanist ethic encourages development of the positive potentialities in human nature, and approves conduct based on a sense of responsibility to oneself and to all other persons.
- Humanists affirm that individual and social problems can be resolved by means of human reason, intelligent effort, critical thinking joined with compassion and a spirit of empathy for all living beings.
- Humanists affirm that human beings are completely a part of nature, and that our survival is dependent upon a healthy planet that provides us and all other forms of life with a sustainable environment.