Wednesday, January 9, 2013

HUMANISM.... TO ME.


I'd like to explain something about myself that few may already know.  I am a humanist. 

Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism and other supernatural beliefs, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfilment, aspiring to the greater good of humanity.  I have human morals.... Do unto others what you would want done to yourself.  That is a humanist quality.  How f'n hard is that to understand?   Do not kill, harm, hurt.  

As a humanist, I lead a life without deity, without supernatural beliefs.  I live my life with respect for our earth, and all living creatures.  Science, our universe and evidence of an ever changing living evolution, rock my world.  It is our human values that give us rights, responsibilities, and dignity.  People create their own meaning and purpose in life. The value and significance of my life comes from how I live life, not from some supposed deity or magic or because some promise of an afterlife is dangled above my head like a piece of chocolate.  

Additionally, I love my country.  I would and will fight for our freedoms.  I hold the utmost respect and admiration for our military, and law enforcement.   I am extremely patriotic and honor the USA.  No one ever needs to question that. I will fight for separation of church and state, as did our forefathers.  

Medical science is what has saved my life more than once.  It is those people with that level of knowledge and skill who did so.  No magic.  No Abracadabra.  They obtained that knowledge and skill on their own....  

I realize that individuals alone cannot solve all our problems, but instead of turning to the supernatural, I believe that problems are solved by people working together, relying on understanding, bonding, and creativity. That is why humanists are committed to promoting human values, human understanding, and human development. Humanists also emphasize the importance of self-determination - the right of individuals to control their own lives, so long as they do not harm others. 

Helping others by actual support of their needs at time of crisis or weakness from illness or personal strife is what a humanist does.  Actions.  No empty promises. 

There is no "leader" that I follow.  I follow my own beliefs of right and wrong.  My own morals are obtained by a human intelligence I was born with. As we all are.   

To me, the meaning of life is to live a life of meaning, this life, the one life I have. 


2 comments:

  1. Bravo for these true and good thoughts, dear.

    You are fearless and thoughtful.

    Keep your light shining!

    your pal - Dee

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  2. I loved this post! I'm at something of a "faith crisis" in my own life at this moment... and a lot of what you have written in this entry really resonated with me. Welcome food for thought as I think about it all (again and again and again)! ;) Thanks so much for sharing this perspective. :)

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