What is Humanism?

What is Humanism?


What is humanism? It is a philosophy and a life stance. Humanists assert that humans must be responsible for making their own lives better. It is about creating a kinder, gentler society through the spirit of compassion, reason and critical thinking. As humanists, we do not rely on gods or angels for help. We take it upon ourselves to make the world a better place. All people are born with the capacity to do good. Our empathy, our compassion and our selflessness has emerged within us over millions of years through the process of evolution. This capacity to love has made us stronger, not weaker. It has helped us form stronger communities and brought us happiness and courage in our darkest hours. However, most of us do not realise this. We often attribute our good qualities to religious, political or racial labels. This is divisive, and unecessary. As humans, all of us are capable of doing good just for goodness’s sake. The world’s most pressing problems should be solved through human thinking and action, instead of hoping for divine intervention. Science and free inquiry should be applied to issues such as global warming, diseases,violent conflicts and poverty. Humanism recognises that reliable knowledge arises through a continuing process of observation, evaluation and revision. As humanists,we seek to understand the world first and make decisions based on what is real. Not what is imagined or fixed by archaic tradition. This is the most effective way to reduce suffering. While science is important, humanists also believe that the use of technologies must also be led by human values. The ends should not always justify the means. We assert that nobody should be punished or discriminated against for what they believe. We feel that people’s right to believe should be respected. However ideas and beliefs must be discussed and debated. They should never be beyond criticism. Good ideas will withstand criticism. While bad ideas,if unquestioned will end up causing harm for the world. Humanism affirms the importance of literature, music and the arts for personal development and fulfilment It values artistic creativity and imagination, recognising the transforming power of art. In short,as humanists, we strive to be happy to be reasonable and to lead fulfilling lives.

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    MisMediator

    Not to be rude, but this seems more like ideology than religion. Just… common sense. Humans be kind, work hard, help those in need. I completely agree with what he's saying, but I don't understand how it's a religion?

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    you

    thx for the video. I had a hard time understanding what humanism was with the online websites. this video let me understand what humanism was. So thanks =3.

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    JOHN THEHUMANIST

    On tesnexus,a communist said that Humanists were Centrists that told people not
    to fight against Hitler,is this true? (tesnexus communist mod)

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    Armando7654

    Humanism is a false religion.
    most of what has been said here are lies.
    Humanism is just another anti God cult for soul-less zombies who hate TRUTH & wanna worship themselves as gods

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    AllStar Smiles 4 Kids

    Other than technological advances, how has science made this world a better place? How does science solve issues like human trafficking, terrorism, suicide, child abuse, mass killings?

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    chodhry Choudhry

    Background music is too loud. Do you really need music for such strong statement. This chap has used some standard words which for us foreigners is bit difficult to understand. This lousy loud piano music is disturbingly annoying; it is making people listen repeatingly, because his accent is foreign too. Please may I make a humble request to you that you you take off the background sound and put it back again slightly in lower volume than the speaker, which is the normal thing to do.

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    هلو هو ار يو

    Why does human life have innate value? Please provide evidence based reasoning from a secularist standpoint.

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    YeetLord

    I am a humanist myself, and I do belive that every person has the right to think and belive what they want, but spreading such big lies and sonsense should not be accepted as it is the things that is holding back 84% of the worlds population to think and move forward. Being religious is a mental condition for people who can't handle the fact that humans don't know everything yet.

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    Story Daniels

    Luciferian doctrine. These are the core principals of the Elite or "Illimunati". They believe in no God, almost the idea that they, themselves, are a god. Religion is simply a tool for control for them. Don't be fooled by the pretty music lol

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    Avijeet Dhar

    All the morons are here, talking about humanism.
    People are even studying in all these garbage.
    If human were so good in handling themselves, then the world would be at peace certainly.
    The world needs a Savior, a judge who is superior than us in every way, then only the idea of Morality could be set as neutral.

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    David Wilkinson

    The Soviet Union abolished religion. That turned out well…..and try telling a Muslim that Islam is bollocks.

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    Be Human

    Why humanist approach closed its eyes towards slaughter houses. Fuck such humanism which treat animals as food

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    ManufacturedReality

    Humanists are trying to make the world a better place. Christians are waiting for the end of the world.

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    Chris Wright

    So moral values are just mob mentality majority rules? What if i dont want to strive for good am i still a humanist? And what is the end result of humanism ? Back to dust like i was never here? What is the long term future for humanism? Complete anilation? Nice

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    Talltree1955

    I agree with most of what was presented, with one exception. Some people are born neurologically psychopathic and, as such, are incapable of the goodness described. Facts are facts, and disregarding the fact of psychopathy leaves the remaining 99.5% of the population vulnerable to victimization and manipulation. Until we drag this problem into public debate, the vision of a better world will continue to elude us.

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    Plant

    Well I found out what I am. I grew up Christian but I never could connect and really believe in it from a very young age. I’m 18 now and this belief system I can really embrace.

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    Moonwalker Noah Noah

    I am also a humanist. Until I can think 🤔. I am a really Optimistic Humanist.
    We can make the world a better Place it’s starts
    With Me. Und You. I think we can live in a world WITHOUT Wars conflicts and Racism Discrimination. Yea I believe that the human is good and he is addiction to create good things. And do good things.
    Love For YOU💛🤝💪✌️😎😇🍀♊️♉️

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    Deepak Marandi

    Wait. If humanism says that people are free to believe what they want, then it shouldn't really have a problem with any religion at all. Because for religious people, it is their framework of life. Every religion in its core teaches compassion towards others, truth, justice, wisdom and other virtues. Religious people are free and right to believe whatever framework they want.

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    LegatoStudios

    I did a 9th grade presentation on this and im very angi. I cant believe you think that humanism is a philosophy! Back then, it didn't replace religion, it just enhanced the human understanding and style of artwork and literature. Humanism has later been changed into stupid democratic people who think the earth is flat.

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    Knight of Light

    Remember folks in order for Humanism to be a worldview it must pass the test all other competing worldviews must answer while corresponding to its views coherently. And these are Origin, Meaning, Morality, and Destiny. If a worldview fails to answers these questions without corresponding answers to it's view that are coherent to it than it fails and thus it can't be considered as a worldview. It is a false view of the world its found in. Thus living by a false view is equivalent to living a lie.

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    666MikeRochip

    God is REAL…spirit..soul being…spirit is a point source of conscious energy…

    Treat others how you like to be treated…that is a human thing to do.

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    Lazy I Ranch

    My son taught me to be a humanist when he was seven years old. He got us both kicked out of Baptist church Sunday school because he presented such compelling arguments about how Noah and the flood never happened. It couldn't have happened, and it was utter nonsense to believe a word of it. He convinced almost all the other kids in the class that it is a fable, and I refused to tell him he was wrong (he wasn't!). Once I took blind faith out of the equation, I saw no reason to waste another minute at church (we were no longer welcome anyhow). I actually read the bible more now, but it's to educate myself on what cruel and senseless lies most people choose to believe.

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    Dill

    Humanism sounds better than feminism. Feminism is gynocentric, and only cares about the needs and issues of women

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    Rukhe Theunuo

    I'm challenged to be a better Christian. If humanists can see the innate goodness in human beings, how much should I, a Christian who believes he's created in the image of God, try to be a better person..!!!

    Thank you for telling message. God bless.

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    Lion of Judah

    Love is the result of evolution? This guy is actually serious. Humanism is the antithesis of the biblical worldview. The only reason that humanists are able to love is because they have been created in the image of God. Remember, humanists, that you live and breath in a biblical universe and no matter how much you strive to deny it, you will never escape it. A reality that will be discovered sooner or later.

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    Cybr Meds

    Humanism is the philosophy and life stance and human interests, human values and human dignity should rule, that is it, nothing else attached. Karl Marx said communism is humanism(from his "Economic and Philosophic Manuscript of 1844"), which predates any "humanist manifesto" filled with sugar words. Stalin and Pol Pot were communists, so they were humanist too! Simple syllogism.

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    Lea Evans

    How do expect to have a perfect world? Satan is god in this world. You all belong to him is you want a world with out OUR SAVIOR AND LORD, JESUS CHRIST! JESUS DIED FOR OUR SINS. REPENT TODAY WHILE THERE IS TIME. JESUS WILL FORGIVE YOU.

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    M B

    So basically what you are saying is that YOU/WE are Gods & will make the rules instead of the one True God, the God of Israel. Repent & Believe. Jesus is Lord.

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    Mia Wong

    I was raised catholic and was baptized as a baby, so I didn't have a choice. I really didn't believe in god but my parents told me to pray, and go about their catholic ways of living. I thought I was just completely non religious for a while, and that still is true, but I now know that I am a humanist

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    Daniel Kanis

    00:31 “All people are born with the capacity to do good”

    00:40 thru the process of evolution. STILL A THEORY no fact

    01:07 “All people can do good”

    01:38 Make decisions based on what is real not on what is imaginative. So far everything you’ve said is based on that people can do good which is a theory not a fact or real. You see, to define reality you need to base it on something greater.

    2:00 Everyone has the freedom to believe what they believe as you can see here, humanism which is its own belief imposes that the freedom of religion is allowed within their religion? Doesn’t add up

    2:07 Ideas and beliefs must be discussed nothing is to be beyond criticism. That means that as humanism grows, and something is deemed better, then things change there is no absolutes here. LAW becomes pluralistic.

    2:30 In short we strive to be happy reasonable and lead fulfilling lives. Looking for a paradise on earth are ya now? Lol like we’ve seen that work before.

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    Connor Paige

    so he says people should not be punished for what they believe so he's saying that terrorists should not be punished if they believe that they need to kill people to get there point across?

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    Stuart Knechtle

    Atheism dismantled on college campus by “anti christ!”

    https://youtu.be/gFa33pFwpxs

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    Jew Shirls

    Secular and humanists have spent long enough apologizing for being who they are and explaining away their views.  It is time to go on the Offensive against ideologies (or perhaps, pathologies) like Christianity and Accuse them of being responsible for eugenics, sterilization, birth control, abortion (as Thomas Malthus an Anglican Minister founded the idea of Population Control), homosexuality (grew out of Western Christendom, not atheism or minor peace religions like Judaism & Jainism), that the religious right is to blame for "moral relativism," "situation ethics," and the loss of "absolute truth" as Christians apply 1 standard to themselves "We are under grace," and a double standard to others "they are under law" while Secularists/humanists are the ones who believe in Truth/Intellectual Honesty & Universal ethics of right and wrong that applies equally to everyone. Evolution was developed by Darwin (who came from a conservative Christian family & also led to in part to Nazism).  Conservative Christians in the Midwest/Southern U.S. are the ones with the highest divorce rates, more domestic abuse, higher crime rates, lower educational outcomes, etc and thus they are to blame for the breakdown of the traditional family and American culture, not "coastal liberals."The more Christian a segment of society is like African-Americans or Latinos, the higher their crimes rates, lower their productivity, etc.  While the less religious Asians & Jews have the lowest crime rates and highest achievement rates.  Countries with greater saturation of Christianity like Latin America & China are more corrupt, crime-infested, and so on…  Less religious countries like Switzerland, Holland, Japan, etc rank better on health, education, crime, etc.  It seems that Israel is the only religious country that does well because of its Jewish religion.

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    lance rogers

    Strive to be happy reasonable… too what standard? Your
    Own or the legislature of Congress in only the region you in currently??? Lol seems like it's an adpopulum fallacy of a religion, full of contradictions and praising. Being that lies, cheats, kills, and steals for power, why follow that?

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