Why Humanism

Humanists believe in the dignity and worth of each human existence and that the concept of wellbeing should be expanded to include all conscious creatures.

We fear death to varying degrees. By contemplating our mortality we can gain an appreciation, and even a vitality, for this one known life.

We should live in a world where people are given every possibility to become the best versions of themselves.

Supernatural explanations for phenomena should be rejected, and where we find no sufficient explanation we simply suspend judgement and delight in nature’s elegance.

I believe that humanists should be guided by the principles of forgiveness, charity, and reason. Reason in the spirit expounded by Karl Popper, ‘I may be wrong and you may be right, and by an effort, we may get nearer to the truth.’

Justice is best served when guided by the principle of rehabilitation rather than retribution.

Consciousness, along with some basic arithmetic, are about the only two facts in the universe we can be certain of. The rest are a series of probability based on the evidence.

There are facts about consciousness that can be reliably discovered and spirituality of this kind can be spoken about in rational terms. We can understand and discuss this project without believing anything on insufficient evidence.

I believe that humanism can support identity politics that focuses on a common humanity, and goodwill, but must reject the insidious identity politics that emphasizes the common enemy, breaks down dialogue, and amplifies tribal instincts.

We can have insights into the way the world is- subjectively and scientifically, but these do not guarantee we will develop a wise understanding of what matters.