Monday, 24 March 2008

Why Humanist?

A world-view with a set of values and shared responsibilities that are independent of religion.
Humanists place the physical, emotional and mental welfare of people first - here, now, on this Earth.

Humanism defines values that pre-date religions, and which are often shared with religions. Some of the most simple are:

Do not threaten or cause harm to others.
Treat others as you would like them to treat you.
Help those who are less fortunate than yourself.
Treat people as equals and do not discriminate on the basis of things they have no control over: colour, race, gender, sexuality or disability.
Be free to think as you wish, believe what you wish, say what you wish and do what you wish as long as you stay within an agreed framework of law.
Keep an open and enquiring mind and take joy in finding out - and finding out that there is even more to find out!
Respect people for doing good - not for what they say or what they believe.
Do not indoctrinate children but give them the information they need to make their own decisions about the important issues of life.