How to Become a Humanist
Humanism is an ethical perspective that emphasizes human dignity, concerns, and capabilities, especially rationality. A humanist is one who attaches prime importance to humans, rather than other entities such as the supernatural or authorities.While there are many schools of humanistic thoughts, here are some general guidelines to help you become a humanist.
QuestionHow old do I need to be to become a humanist?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThanks!
QuestionWhat are their beliefs?David JoinerCommunity AnswerHumanism isn't a religion, and there is no deity nor guidelines. A humanist is simply someone who believes that we as a race will create our own destiny. Extreme humanists seek science to evolve humanity, and would love to volunteer for anything that progresses longevity.Thanks!
QuestionAre there any rules about what you can eat or not eat?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerHumanism is an ideology, not a religion. It's about what you believe, not who you believe in. Eat whatever you want, except other humans.Thanks!
QuestionCan I be a humanist if I am a student?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerOf course you can. Everyone who has a mind of their own can have an ideology. It is not limited by age, gender, social status, etc.Thanks!
QuestionCan I have humanist views and still follow a religion?Prashant ShahCommunity AnswerYes definitely. In fact, each religion is meant for cultivating true and complete humanist views.Thanks!
QuestionCan I be a humanist if I'm a misanthrope?David JoinerCommunity AnswerYes. As a matter of fact, your dislike of humanity would quite likely be the pivotal point in wanting to improve humanity, which is the primary goal of a humanist.Thanks!
QuestionCan I be raised religious and become a humanist as an adult?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes, of course you can.Thanks!
QuestionDo humanists value human life without exceptions?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerHuman life is what drives humanism, so in essence, they value human life above all else without exception.Thanks!
QuestionAre even the lives of our most bitter enemies valuable?Top AnswererRead the poem "No Man Is An Island" by John Donne. Yes, every life is valuable, simply because it is alive. If you step on a bug, then with microsurgery put every atom back in its original place, it will still be dead. You are a part of mankind, we are all in this together, and the loss of even a single life is a loss for us all, no matter whether it's friend or foe.Thanks!
Sources and Citations
- Compact Oxford English Dictionary. Oxford University Press. 2007. "humanism n. 1 a rationalistic system of thought attaching prime importance to human rather than divine or supernatural matters. 2 a Renaissance cultural movement that turned away from medieval scholasticism and revived interest in ancient Greek and Roman thought." Typically, abridgments of this definition omit all senses except #1, such as in the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary, Collins Essential English Dictionary, and Webster's Concise Dictionary. New York: RHR Press. 2001. pp. 177.
- Lamont, Corliss (1997). The Philosophy of Humanism, Eighth Edition. Humanist Press: Amherst, New York. pp. 252–253. ISBN 0-931779-07-3. "Conscience, the sense of right and wrong and the insistent call of one's better, more idealistic, more social-minded self, is a social product. Feelings of right and wrong that at first have their locus within the family gradually develop into a pattern for the tribe or city, then spread to the larger unit of the nation, and finally from the nation to humanity as a whole.
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