What is humanism What are its principles

Principles

We commit ourselves with a self-image that is based on humanistic principles and principles.

They are a central guideline for our work and form an important benchmark for setting priorities. We see ourselves as a valuable addition to the global landscape of humanitarian and charitable relief organizations.

The Amsterdam Declaration offers a brief overview of this:

Humanism is ethical. It affirms the value, dignity and autonomy of the individual and the right of every person to the greatest possible freedom compatible with the rights of others. Humanists have a duty of care to all of humanity, including future generations. Humanists believe that morality is inherent in human nature and is based on understanding and caring for others without the need for external sanctions.

Humanism is rational. He tries to use science creatively, not destructively. Humanists believe that the solutions to the world's problems lie in human thought and action rather than divine intervention. Humanists advocate the application of scientific methods and free inquiry to the problems of human well-being. But humanists also believe that the application of science and technology must be curbed by human values. Science gives us the means, but human values ​​must give the ends.

Humanism supports democracy and human rights. Humanism aims at the best possible development of every person. He assumes that democracy and human development are a matter of law. The principles of democracy and human rights can be applied to many human relationships and are not limited to methods of governance.

Humanism insists that personal freedom must be combined with social responsibility. Humanism dares to build a world on the idea of ​​the socially responsible free human being and recognizes our dependence and responsibility towards the natural world. Humanism is undogmatic and does not impose a creed on its followers. He is therefore committed to education and upbringing free from indoctrination.

Humanism is a response to the widespread demand for an alternative to dogmatic religion. The great world religions claim they are based on revelations that are fixed for eternity, and many seek to impose their worldview on all of humanity. Humanism recognizes that reliable knowledge of the world and ourselves arises through an ongoing process of observation, evaluation, and review.

Humanism advocates artistic creativity and imagination and recognizes the transformative power of art. Humanism affirms the importance of literature, music, and the visual and performing arts for personal development and fulfillment.

Humanism is a way of lifewhich aims at the greatest possible fulfillment through the cultivation of an ethical and creative life and offers an ethical and rational method to meet the challenges of our time. Humanism can be a way of life for anyone anywhere.

Our main task is to make people aware in the simplest possible way what humanism can mean for them and what it obliges them to do. By using free inquiry, the power of science, and the creative imagination to promote peace and serve compassion, we feel confident that we have the means to solve the problems we all face. We call on all who share this belief to join us in this endeavor.


The Amsterdam Declaration of 2002 was adopted by the General Assembly of the International Humanist and Ethical Union (now Humanists International) at the 15th World Humanist Congress. Source: humanists.international