Monday, May 01, 2006

Why I am a Humanist

I am a humanist. By this I mean that I accept and promote the values and principles traditionally accepted by humanists. Here I will list some of the more important of those values, and explain why they are important to me. (Click here to see more.)

4 comments:

LorMar said...

With this in mind, why not use our combined human reason to make laws and moral codes that promote the happiness of all? Our common human needs and experiences can guide us.

Can you explain how the above could come to fruition? What human needs and experiences are common enough that we can come to such an agreement regarding laws?

Merle Hertzler said...

For instance, we all have the need to have certain property that is our own. So we can make laws prohibiting stealing.

We all have the need to live without the threat of being killed or injured by others. So we can make laws prohibiting assault and murder.

We all have the need to enjoy a world without the smell of a neighbor's sewer and garbage being dumped on our doorstep. So we can make laws regarding the environment.

There are many areas in which we have common needs, and we can work together to make laws that promote the welfare of humans. No, we will not all agree on all of the details, but we can use our combined reason and experience to make laws that our good. We can do that without a deity telling us which laws to make. We can look at human need, and respond with appropriate laws.

Anonymous said...

There are many areas in which we have common needs, and we can work together to make laws that promote the welfare of humans. No, we will not all agree on all of the details, but we can use our combined reason and experience to make laws that our good. We can do that without a deity telling us which laws to make. We can look at human need, and respond with appropriate laws.

Do you find anything wrong with the current laws in our society? Don't we currently have and make laws based on human need rather than directives from a deity?

Anonymous said...

There are many areas in which we have common needs, and we can work together to make laws that promote the welfare of humans. No, we will not all agree on all of the details, but we can use our combined reason and experience to make laws that our good. We can do that without a deity telling us which laws to make. We can look at human need, and respond with appropriate laws.

Do you find anything wrong with the current laws in our society? Don't we currently have and make laws based on human need rather than directives from a deity?

I forgot to place my sig at the bottom.

LorMar