This definition is based on the British Humanist
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Humanism is the view that we can make sense of the world using
reason, experience and shared human values and that we can live good
lives without religious or superstitious beliefs.
Humanists seek to make the best of the one life we have by creating
meaning and purpose for ourselves. We choose to take responsibility for
our actions and work with others for the common good.
Humanists do not believe in a God or gods, or any other supernatural or
divine entities. Humanists do not think that the universe needs a divine
power outside of itself in order to have value. We, inside the universe,
determine its value.
What humanists believe
Humanism is an approach to life based on humanity and reason – humanists
recognise that moral values are properly founded on human nature and
experience alone and that the aims of morality should be human welfare,
happiness and fulfilment. Our decisions are based on the available
evidence and our assessment of the outcomes of our actions, not on any
dogma or sacred text.
Humanism is a naturalistic view, encompassing atheism and agnosticism
as responses to theistic claims, but is an active and ethical philosophy
greater than these reactions to religion. Humanists believe that
we all have individual rights and freedoms, but individual
responsibility, social cooperation and mutual respect are just as
important. People will continue to find solutions to the world's
problems, so that quality of life can be improved for everyone. We
should take a positive approach to life, gaining inspiration from our
lives, art and
and a rich natural world;
that we have only one life, it is our responsibility
to make it a good life, and to live it flourishingly.