Monday, July 9, 2007

What is Humanism?

Humanism predates Christianity and goes back to the Ancient Greeks.

Some people make it seem complicated but its core is pretty simple:

Humanists think we should try to live a good and ethical life without religion or superstition, that we should treat other people the way we want to be treated ourselves and that this life is the only one we have.

So, does that mean I get up every morning, embrace the day, climb mountains, listen in rapture to birdsong and glory in the wonder of evolution? No. Or not very often anyway, much to the disapointment of my husband.

Humanists value other humans equally no matter what creed, colour, age, gender, sexuality or social standing they are.

We place a high value on the environment and the arts.

But most importantly Humanists are free thinkers, therefore we have no dogma. So my thinking on Humanism might be quite different from the next Humanist's. Ce la vie.

Check out the Humanist Society of Scotland's website for more info. We have local meetings in different areas around Scotland that you are more than welcome to go to.

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