My 2018 Humanist Manifesto
There is confusion and no consensus regarding who we are.
We are good people concerned with dire problem of humanity and trusting human nature being up to handle them.
We are responsible for this planet and to save it we have to stop fighting and put all our minds and hearts into the survival of our species and our environment.
The old “liberty, equality and fraternity” will lead to cooperation and democratic societies. The diversity is the base of our strength, not a reason to fight. These include nationalities ,religions, ethnic minorities, life styles, sexes, skin colors, education, wealth and worldviews.
We humanists explore human’s three major strengths – our hope against terrible odds of societal regression and extinction .
- We have the ability to communicate, share our knowledge, love, empathy, and suffering.
- We use the wisdom and achievements of the past, the mythology and science, to handle the problems of the present.(homo historicus)
- We are curious, imaginative and intelligent with the passion for the success and happiness
We trust wisdom of religions but we distrust the magic part of religions.
We trust technology of science but we distrust materialistic philosophy of many scientists.
We trust evolution and progress but we distrust modern culture of material greed and violence.
We believe that all these principles are consistent with evolutionary built human nature, its intellectual, emotional and social characteristics.
We cherish beauty, art, music, humor and critical thinking – teaching them to our children is our main goal.
We believe in transcendent and sacred:
- The Mother and the Child ( the life, the birth)- our Christmas or Winter Solstice Holiday.
- The Love for the family, the friendship and the happiness- our Thanksgiving Holidays
- The ancestors and the peaceful death (completion)- our All Saints Day
- Human suffering and life -our Easter or Spring Holidays.
- The Love for Nature and animals – our vegetarian Harvest Holidays.
- The love for democracy, equality and societal transcendent bond- our Independence Holiday
These are the examples coming from the european, christian traditions, and while for muslim, jewish, african and asian people the names and dates will change – the sacred will remain.
If you too hold these part of human culture sacred, if you share these values -you are a humanist.
Notes and explanation from an evolutionary humanist.
You may replace the term “sacred” with the “important” but then the question arises “how important”. I like the term sacred because it emphasize the fact that we are idealists and we not afraid of concept and values that we can not fully understand or explain. These values are from the evolutionary perspective older than the concepts of personalised deity as animal, the sun, the omnipotent person. The confirmation of that sequence comes from anthropology, mythology, eastern philosophies and the interfaith movements.
How much are we ready to fight and sacrifice for these values? It differs from person to person but we should never be violent or should the conflict dehumanise the opponent.
We also cringe in front of the concepts of “savior”, “creator” and “fatherland” as they, in our opinion, decrease the chances for saving our species and to create a peaceful and happy world.
We observe this world and as observers it feels that we are the most complex system, but any other observer, like a whale or a squirrel would have the same feeling (without language and self reflection). On the other hand the concept of complexity is pure human invention, so even without language this comparison doesn’t make sense.( the same with the concepts of intelligence, magnificence, power or wisdom).
The concept of intelligence in our understanding is related to the complexity of logical networks -biological or artificial. The artificial intelligence is still the human intelligence, no matter how much self learning it can accomplish unless we’d learn how to teach robots of the depth of our evolutionary past or the subconsciousness.
The non-human intelligence to develop would have to repeat exactly eons of earth environment changes, the niches twists and turns and consequently repeat the exact our pattern of the evolution which seems impossible. These concepts are species specific, Umwelt -specific. It is why breeding is so rare across the species. And in traditional human societies the cousins are the best mates , “the closest to share my world”.
I think that this concept of humanism works the best with the evolutionary theory and the theory of the evolutionary reality.