Humanism, a first look July 27, 2007Posted by Joe in atheism, belief, ethics, freethought, Humanism, life, morality, politics, skepticism.
I do not wish to define myself by what I am not. This is my largest problem with the term atheist. It is a statement of something I do not believe, but really doesn’t say anything more than that. So I am seriously looking into Humanism for the first time.
If you have any experience or knowledge of Humanism, please share.
I’ve been checking out Humanist resources on the internet, primarily the home page of the American Humanist Association (AHA). The organization I have been aware of since I was in High School devouring the works of Isaac Asimov (including his posthumous autobiography I. Asimov) shortly after the time when I first acknowledged my own nonbelief. His association with the organization piqued my interest at the time, but I have never really looked into it to consider it for myself until now.
From the AHA website:
As Kurt Vonnegut succinctly described: being a Humanist means trying to behave decently without expectation of rewards or punishment after you are dead.
Humanism is a progressive lifestance that, without supernaturalism, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity.
This is a more positive meaningful profession of belief instead of the extremely nondescriptive and entirely negative atheist. I remain an atheist, but I think Humanism may be a better way to define myself in the future.