Humanism is a positive philosophy based on reason. We look forward with hope and have no wish to turn back the clock. Humanists place their trust in basic human goodness, in human resourcefulness and in human courage. We place our trust in human intelligence, not in divine guidance.
Humanism realises that what we do as individuals can make a difference, so we try to achieve the humanist deals of individual responsibility within a free, open and caring society.
Humanism is based on the assumption that this life and this world is all we know and the most important factor in all our thought and actions is our common humanity.
Humanists believe…That human beings have evolved from simpler forms of life through natural processes taking millions of years.That morality comes from understanding human nature and experience.
That people find more happiness and fulfilment when they are behaving well toward others. Humanists would agree with the Golden Rule of human behaviour: “Do not do to others what you would not like for yourself.” (From The Analects of Confucius, c. 500 BC)That human beings alone are responsible for the future of this planet and all the life on it.
That our actions will have consequences that live on but we do not believe in life after death.
Most non-religious people feel no need for any systematic ideology or organisation, but during the past two centuries a humanist movement has developed which tries to express the ideas and defend the interests of non-religious people in the area of freethought.
Humanism is committed to free inquiry and the open mind within a pluralist and democratic society. The humanist believes it is possible to lead a moral life within a non-theist perspective.
Humanism has always been a home for those who believe that human problems must be solved by human beings relying on their intellectual, social and moral capabilities.
Humanism begins with each of us. It is the belief that people alone, through personal commitment, rational discussion and collective effort, can achieve a better world.
Humanist thought is not the monopoly of humanists. Many people today think along humanist lines, often without realising that national and worldwide humanist organisations of like-minded people exist.