Humanism is a belief that focuses mainly on human beings and encourages them to live a progressive life of self-fulfillment and morality without any link to supernatural beliefs.
It is a philosophy that is rationalized by science, inspired by art and encouraged by compassion. It professes individual liberty and emphasizes on social and planetary responsibility. Humanists firmly believe that we, as human beings, are the more intellectual and self-bearing entities and it is our responsibility to discover and know about the world around us through experience and self-education. A humanist is any person that believes he has the right to his own life and giving it the shape that he so desires. The building of a humane society is encourages in general, one that is based on ethical values and moral security. A humanist is also someone who is known to find value in themselves and those around them. He respects the personhood and dignity of his fellow human beings because of what we are. We are sentient being that have feeling, values and dignity that is inherent in each and every one of us.
For anyone to be humanist, there is no procedure, no holy door to pass through and absolutely no lineage required. A humanist is a humanist and anybody who even broadly agrees with the ideology of humanism can be classified or can classify himself as a humanist. Humanism is often regarded as a joyous alternative to religious bounds. It makes its believers feel free and encourages them to make the most of their life because they only get it once, having there be no life after death. It gives them charge of their own lives and thoroughly enjoy the feeling of discovering new things and having new experiences.
Humanism was initially a system of education that originated in the 13th and 14th century in Italy and later spread through Europe. The word “humanism” has a complex history. Fast forward to the 19th century and the Ethical Culture Movement founded by Felix Adler attempted to build a humanist community in an effort to taking humanism out of books and journals and bringing it to life. The Humanist Community at Harvard is still working towards creating a local Humanist community in order to give like-minded individuals a platform to come together, reflect and act on their humanist values as well as gain connections with each other to enhance learning ability and thus lead progressive lives according to their beliefs.
In today’s times, humanist are freer than ever and they live in a world where their ideas and beliefs are being more radically accepted than ever. They are free because they have no God to follow, they are not bound by any restrictions of religion. They spend their lives in a way that they deem correct and they trust their own ethics, morality and sense of judgement to lead their lives. Humanism is on the rise, internationally. Even in places like India, people are actively moving towards humanism and their movements are gaining more and more popularity.
Humanists are compelled to view this world in all its natural glory and look at it as a bowl full of fruit available for the taking. They believe life offers countless opportunities for fascination, joy, creativity m exploration and adventure and therefore they have a duty to enjoy it to the fullest. Some people also believe that atheists and agnostics can also be generalized as humanists because the lack of answers to spiritual questions in these two beliefs leave a greater room for man to ponder over the things in the universe and come up with his own hypothesis. Thomas Paine and Robert Ingersoll are two of the greatest luminaries of humanism yet they both had agnostic beliefs. Ingersoll was straight up agnostic while Paine believed that there was a God but he was just generally not concerned with the world after once establishing the laws of nature. Both of them still led outstanding humanistic lives. Thus it can be concluded that in order to be a humanist, you do not have to complete negate the idea of god. It only emphasizes on enjoying the present life and making the most of it and if one can do that while also simultaneously preparing for the perceived afterlife, then well and good.