Why I’m a Humanist

As a humanist I believe in the dignity and worth of each human existence and believe we should aim to expand the concept of wellbeing to include all conscious creatures.

We fear death to varying degrees. I believe that when we contemplate our mortality we can gain an appreciation, and even a vitality, for this one known life.

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

I believe that supernatural explanations for all phenomena should be rejected, and where we find no sufficient explanation we can simply suspend judgement and delight in nature’s elegance.

I believe that we have to make judgements about a person’s character based on their conduct in the present. However, it is unjustified to make judgments about their future selves without discounting their future potential.

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

I believe justice is best served when our objective is rehabilitation rather than retribution.

I believe that consciousness, along with some basic arithmetic, are the only two facts in the entire universe that we can be certain of– the rest a series of probability based on the best available evidence.

I believe that there are facts about consciousness that can be reliably discovered and that spirituality of this kind ought to 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.

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

I believe humanism can successfully bridge the gap between the way the world is and the way the world ought to be.