Humanism is an approach to life based on reason and our common humanity. This is how we sum up our humanism:
- We think this world and this life is all we have.
- We try to live happy and fulfilled lives ourselves, and we help others to pursue happiness and fulfilment.
- We base our moral values and our views about the world and universe on human reasoning.
- We think people are both individuals and social beings.
- We are atheists or agnostics free from beliefs in gods, life-after-death, the supernatural and mysticism.
Humanism from The Oxford English Reference Dictionary;
An outlook or system of thought attaching prime importance to human rather than divine or supernatural matters. The term humanism does not refer to a unified theory. Historically, it was first applied to studies promoting human culture, and especially to the cultural movement of the Renaissance, which turned away from medieval scholasticism (with its theological bias) to value the human achievement of ancient Greece and Rome. In philosophy, the term has encompassed systems of thought stressing rational enquiry and human experience over abstract theorizing or orthodox religion. More broadly, humanist beliefs stress the potential value and goodness of human beings, emphasize common human needs, and seek solely rational ways of solving human problems.