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
"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."
I really like this. I think they are all good principles to live by.
Oh well, what are you going to do? : )
When I run into people that assume I am morally depraved because I don't have a "god compass", if they are christian or muslim I like to mention passages in their books that are far from moral. When doing that, I usually get the following answers:
- The classic "you are taking it out of context" to which I reply: In which context is it okay to do what your scriptures say...
- "You are taking a passage of the <insert holy book here> that were written in another time, I do not subscribe to that anymore... yada yada" to which I reply: Then your holy book is not fit for modernity, and you should ask yourself why that is. Also, if you pick and choose from your holy book, then this criteria for picking and choosing is not coming from your holy book, it is coming from you, then, why do you need your book in the first place?
The looks I have gotten from the believers I have engaged in this way are priceless.
I kinda fell backwards into Humanism via Buddhism. It is all very similar. I love reading about Buddha as he was right on the only years before modern morality.
I don't mean anything because these are the AHA statements that I took from their site. http://www.americanhumanist.org/
I have never stated anywhere that I support socialized medicine.
"I have never stated anywhere that I support socialized medicine."
So medicaid and medicare should be eliminated?
I'm pretty sure I know your position, I was curious about Steph's.
She seems to like at least some of the Humanist Principles which are definitely not congruent with right-wing anarcho-capitalism.
"Who says I'm right wing?"
No, that reply was to Mr. M. who espouses right-wing anarcho-capitalism.
To see a social democratic (liberal democracy) nation, government and populace that basically follows these principles, check this out:
The list above pretty much covers it, though I'm not a card-carrying member of the Humanists.
here are seven principles which Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote:
The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
Acceptance of one another and encouragement;
A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process;
The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
I try to follow the UU and Secular Humanist principles.