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.