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“Why We Are Humanists” - by Act for the Poor Women’s Association

Posted: Fri, May 25, 2018 | By: Humanism

According to APA, Humanism is a philosophical and ethical stance that emphasizes the value and agency of human beings, individually and collectively, and generally prefers critical thinking and evidence (rationalism and empiricism) over acceptance of dogma or superstition.

The term secular humanist is applied to someone who concentrates on human activities and possibilities, usually downplaying or denying the importance of God and a life after death.

The definition of humanism is a belief that human needs and values are more important than religious beliefs, or the needs and desires of humans. An example of humanism is the belief that the person creates their own set of ethics.

Humanism means a philosophical stance that focuses on the value and agency of human beings. However atheism and humanism accord with one another very well, which is the reason that a lot of people are atheists and (secular) humanists at the same time. An atheist is a person who does not have belief in gods.

Secular humanists believe that this is the only life of which we have certain knowledge and that we owe it to ourselves and others to make it the best life possible for ourselves and all with whom we share this fragile planet. We believe that human beings have made society what it is - the good and the bad.

“Humanist” is used today to mean those who seek to live good lives without religious or superstitious beliefs. A humanist may embrace all or most of the other approaches introduced here, and in addition humanists believe that moral values follow on from human nature and experience in some way.

We believe in the common moral decencies: altruism, integrity, honesty, truthfulness, responsibility. Humanist ethics is amenable to critical, rational guidance. ... Moral principles are tested by their consequences.

Humanistic philosophy and values reflect a belief in human dignity and science — but not religion. A humanistic philosophy refers to a few specific ideas. For one thing, humanistic thinkers aren’t religious; they don’t believe in a god or gods. ... This philosophy is called humanism.

Women of APA working in their community garden
Women of APA working in their community garden

Why we are humanists

After reading from many versions about humanism, we found out that it is not material for comfort to live a happy life but humanists typically value many things other than material prosperity and have a kaleidoscope of values. They may value the natural world, fellow feeling, loving intimacies, family and friends, the qualities of toleration, fairness, compassion, play and humor. For the above reasons, we decided to join the movement and ourselves contribute to the fair world using our knowledge and science.

We felt that man’s capacity to improve human relations to have life regulated by justice instead of power, which is divisive, which causes people to hate one another, fight each other or destroy each other.

We are humanists because we need to enter what I call the non-fiction age. Much of our current political discourse, and, it seems, the belief systems of a majority of people, are unfortunately founded on fictions of one sort of another.

Our present large-scale problems, including global inequality by our own misguided hands, of the church beliefs and witchcraft cannot be tolerated that leads people to death and in extreme pauperism. This also necessitated that we become humanists.

In the context of Rwensenene and Kagadi at large, church beliefs and witchcrafts dominates. They restrict people to use condoms, keep pigs on the denominations that do not allow and others restrict people to go for medication in hospitals. The Bisaka creed denies people to go to the clinics and hospitals. We have lost many lives and due to this, we are now humanists.

We believe that we can change the life style of the communities in which we live using our own knowledge and the resources available. Therefore, we have changed from the belief of the church and witchcraft to solving our own problems scientifically.



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