What sort of ethics and moral code do you follow in your life?
Do you follow the Humanism principles? As a Humanist I try to follow these.
The Affirmations of Humanism:
A Statement of Principles
We are committed to the application of reason and science to the understanding of the universe and to the solving of human problems.
We deplore efforts to denigrate human intelligence, to seek to explain the world in supernatural terms, and to look outside nature for salvation.
We believe that scientific discovery and technology can contribute to the betterment of human life.
We believe in an open and pluralistic society and that democracy is the best guarantee of protecting human rights from authoritarian elites and repressive majorities.
We are committed to the principle of the separation of church and state.
We cultivate the arts of negotiation and compromise as a means of resolving differences and achieving mutual understanding.
We are concerned with securing justice and fairness in society and with eliminating discrimination and intolerance.
We believe in supporting the disadvantaged and the handicapped so that they will be able to help themselves.
We attempt to transcend divisive parochial loyalties based on race, religion, gender, nationality, creed, class, sexual orientation, or ethnicity, and strive to work together for the common good of humanity.
We want to protect and enhance the earth, to preserve it for future generations, and to avoid inflicting needless suffering on other species.
We believe in enjoying life here and now and in developing our creative talents to their fullest.
We believe in the cultivation of moral excellence.
We respect the right to privacy. Mature adults should be allowed to fulfill their aspirations, to express their sexual preferences, to exercise reproductive freedom, to have access to comprehensive and informed health-care, and to die with dignity.
We believe in the common moral decencies: altruism, integrity, honesty, truthfulness, responsibility. Humanist ethics is amenable to critical, rational guidance. There are normative standards that we discover together. Moral principles are tested by their consequences.
We are deeply concerned with the moral education of our children. We want to nourish reason and compassion.
We are engaged by the arts no less than by the sciences.
We are citizens of the universe and are excited by discoveries still to be made in the cosmos.
We are skeptical of untested claims to knowledge, and we are open to novel ideas and seek new departures in our thinking.
We affirm humanism as a realistic alternative to theologies of despair and ideologies of violence and as a source of rich personal significance and genuine satisfaction in the service to others.
We believe in optimism rather than pessimism, hope rather than despair, learning in the place of dogma, truth instead of ignorance, joy rather than guilt or sin, tolerance in the place of fear, love instead of hatred, compassion over selfishness, beauty instead of ugliness, and reason rather than blind faith or irrationality.
We believe in the fullest realization of the best and noblest that we are capable of as human beings
The problem with Objectivism is that it requires equality of opportunity. The other problem is that it only works if children are exempt from the privileges of their parents productive capacity and that's impossible! Furthermore the characters of Rand's novels who are supposed to be ideal Objectivists are far too moral. None of them would ever even conceive of cheating. That's bullshit. People aren't perfect.
Objectivism does not require equality of anything, in fact it aknowledges that people are not equal.
The people in the novels are supposed to personify Rand's ideal, not be "real people".
I can agree to this Humanist manifesto with the exception of a universal right to reproductive freedom. I think the Chinese government is right to restrict reproductive freedom and poor religious, overpopulated countries such as tha Philippines, Indonesia, India, Bangladesh and most of the African continent should do the same otherwise a Stalinist solution is required.
Our species can reasonably be viewed as verminous and in the later stages of destroying the peaceful existence of other species and the planet.
This was pretty funny to read. Not that I completely disagree with you on everything, but some of these things are pretty silly. #1 on my list of silly things u just said would have to be "women don't have the right to kill anyone even if they've been raped". Excuse the f*ck out of me? Especially when followed up by "violence is absolutely necessary" and "you can have sex with anything you want just don't touch me". Yeah, when some guy is raping you in the ass, and you happen to have a gun on you, follow your own advice and let him follow through, will ya?
Oh wait, maybe #1 is this one, "there is no such thing as needless suffering". Geez, on what f*ucking planet? Mentioning what I agree with you on here seems kind of pointless now, it would be somewhat like saying what I have in common with couch cushions, i.e. I'm sure there's some similarities there, but given the differences, who the hell cares?
I like the principles of Humanism, but a few of them could be eliminated. "The cultivation of moral excellence..." and "realization of the best and noblest" really don't mean much more than "We think being good is good." ;-)
Yes, Jedi balance in all things it best. Thanks so much for your help in this discussion.