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Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism or other supernatural beliefs, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity. As past AHA honorary president Kurt Vonnegut succinctly described: being a humanist means trying to behave decently without expectation of rewards or punishment after you’re dead.
Humanism to me is; - First, do no harm to another human. - An understanding of human fallibility including forgiveness of others that I would expect in return should I fail. - Accepting life and Ideals which would support the longevity of life. - A choice of reason and respect, over myth and philosophy. - Accepting science over religion as a more balanced predictor of realism. - Seeing, and assisting where necessary, all people as equal partners on life's journey. - The study and belief that life is the most precious gift one can acquire. - Strike a balanced coexistence with other species who also have a right to evolve along side of us. - Accepting that Evolution as Science-based Fact and is irrefutable.
Humanism to me is doing my part to make the world better with others whom I can collaborate (humans) without the reliance upon supernatural structures. We own our existence and presence on earth and know that heaven or hell exist right here and now...it's up to us which we choose to live.