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Humanism as a world view is still evolving
There are many problems in the world and people can often be very selfish and, sometimes cruel towards others.
However, people also show extraordinary kindness..
What is your personal experience of this?
Why should people act well towards others?
Through millions of years of evolution, human beings have succeeded by working together...
Humans working together have the capacity to do remarkable things using a combination of knowledge, skills and imagination. A good society allows all individuals to achieve their potential.
What are the important achievements of human society?
What things fascinate us?
Humanists keep their minds open to new ideas and information and respect science.
We don't know for sure but the best that science can tell us is...
We appreciate the wonder of evolution, which has created so many forms of life from simple origins and the process goes on!
We can’t be sure!
This idea is very liberating. It makes us want to make the best of the one life we know we have – live every minute and help others to have a good life too – and leave a good legacy for those who come after us!
Life on earth is accidental.
For each individual it is a UNIQUE ONE-OFF EVENT
Some religions argue that the purpose of life is to serve God.
Humanists believe that individuals have “agency” –i.e. the power to create their own meaning!
While Humanists generally agree with:
the GOLDEN RULE:
“You should treat others as you would like others to treat you.”
They generally feel that few rules hold for all times. When Society changes we often need to change the rules.
But the PRINCIPLES of how we live our lives stay the same.
An important word for Humanists is “EMPATHY”.
We are concerned for others and, when things go wrong, we try to imagine ourselves in other peoples shoes e.g. Gaza.
We recognise that often deep fulfilment comes when we do things together with friends, communities and societies.
Are there spirits, ghosts etc ?
We can’t be sure!
But as long as I haven't experienced them or seen convincing evidence I will work on the assumption that they are unlikely and not relevant to my daily life.
We don't know for certain!
In the past, GODS and the supernatural were used to explain the unknown
God is no more evident than fairies!
Humanists prefer to look to human ingenuity and science for explanations and to solve problems.
Observing how society works gives us hope.
The rules we live by are made by human beings on the basis of experience.
A framework of LAW to ensure basic human rights is important.
How should these principles be applied to running a Humanist school?
How can we make it better
and acceptable to more people?