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Humanism - This works for me

insanecarbonbasedlif (623558) writes | more than 5 years ago

User Journal 2

I just finished reading the Humanist Manifesto II. That's something I can support all around. I wish humanist values were more prevalent in my extended family and social circle, so that I could express more of these ideals without stepping on toes...

I just finished reading the Humanist Manifesto II. That's something I can support all around. I wish humanist values were more prevalent in my extended family and social circle, so that I could express more of these ideals without stepping on toes...

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too lazy to read the whole thing (1)

Abm0raz (668337) | more than 5 years ago | (#25116265)

Got a synopsis for those of use with A.D.D? It's not like we all have the time to, Oooo! Look! A butterfly!

Actually, I subscribe to a societal minimalist philosophy. I want to treat the world like I do the great out doors when i go hiking: leave no trace. When I leave this world, it should be the exact same as it was when I came in. If I can, I'll clean up others' messes when I find them, but do so without fanfare and laud.

Re:too lazy to read the whole thing (1)

insanecarbonbasedlif (623558) | more than 5 years ago | (#25160645)

Hmmm. There's a bit of a sketch at Wikipedia [] , but it's not that comprehensive. I guess I'll give it a shot - paraphrasology for the win! I'll include some quotes from it as well.
  Religion - Religion (including tradition and political ideologies that act like religion) may seem to have positives, but are unsubstantiated with evidence, do passive harm by drawing attention away from humanity, and do active harm by promoting anti-humanist principles (detailed later).

"No deity will save us; we must save ourselves."

We should hold on to the good parts of religion, but most of it needs to be discarded.
  Ethics - Ethics and morality are derivable from human experience and reason.

"Human life has meaning because we create and develop our futures. Happiness and the creative realization of human needs and desires, individually and in shared enjoyment, are continuous themes of humanism. We strive for the good life, here and now."

  The Individual - The individual should have the most freedom of choice possible, not hindered by any religion, ideology, or moral code. This needs to be balanced with the needs for individuals social responsibility. Along with this, sexuality between consenting adults should not be repressed, and the rights to birth control, abortion, and divorce are affirmed.
  Democratic Society - All societies should have every civil liberty, including free speech, press, democracy, legal rights, and artistic, scientific, and cultural freedom.

It also includes a recognition of an individuals right to die with dignity, euthanasia, and the right to suicide.

The invasion of privacy is strongly opposed. It should be an open and democratic society at all levels, and the state should be free from ideological or religious agenda. The state should not oppress any people due to different moral, political, religious and social values. The economic system should not be subject to ideologies, but to evidence based practices of what increases the economic well-being of all individuals and groups, minimizing poverty.

The principle of moral equality must be furthered through elimination of all discrimination based upon race, religion, sex, age, or national origin. This means equality of opportunity and recognition of talent and merit. Individuals should be encouraged to contribute to their own betterment. If unable, then society should provide means to satisfy their basic economic, health, and cultural needs, including, wherever resources make possible, a minimum guaranteed annual income.

There should be universal eduction which promotes individuals satisfying and productive living.

We deplore racial, religious, ethnic, or class antagonisms.

We are critical of sexism or sexual chauvinism - male or female.

  World Community - Humankind needs to rise above nationalism, and become a fully participating world community with a transnational federal government. Everyone is linked to everyone else, so no park of humanity can be isolated without harming the whole. International disputes should be resolved without force and violence. If this can be achieved, the savings from reduced military spending can help everyone. The world as a whole must plan the use of diminishing resources and the preservation of the global ecosystem. Economic growth and development is also a global concern, and the developed nations must assist the developing nations technically, agriculturally, medically, and economically.

World poverty must cease. Hence extreme disproportions in wealth, income, and economic growth should be reduced on a worldwide basis.

Technology is vital to progress and development, and should be embraced, but should always be non-harmful and non-destructive.

We are particularly disturbed when technology and bureaucracy control, manipulate, or modify human beings without their consent.

Communication and transportation must be global and open.

We thus call for full international cooperation in culture, science, the arts, and technology across ideological borders. We must learn to live openly together or we shall perish together.

  Humanity As a Whole -

At the present juncture of history, commitment to all humankind is the highest commitment of which we are capable; it transcends the narrow allegiances of church, state, party, class, or race in moving toward a wider vision of human potentiality. What more daring a goal for humankind than for each person to become, in ideal as well as practice, a citizen of a world community. It is a classical vision; we can now give it new vitality. Humanism thus interpreted is a moral force that has time on its side. We believe that humankind has the potential, intelligence, goodwill, and cooperative skill to implement this commitment in the decades ahead.

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