Humanism & society
Humanists long for and
strive toward a world of mutual care and concern, free of cruelty and its
consequences, where differences are resolved cooperatively without resorting to
violence. The joining of individuality with interdependence enriches our lives,
encourages us to enrich the lives of others, and inspires hope of attaining
peace, justice, and opportunity for all.
Humanists uphold human rights and civil liberties.
Progressive cultures have
worked to free humanity from the brutalities of mere survival and to reduce
suffering, improve society, and develop global community. We seek to minimize
the inequities of circumstance and ability, and we support a just distribution
of nature's resources and the fruits of human effort so that as many as
possible can enjoy a good life.
Humanists are concerned for the well being of all, are committed to diversity, and respect those of differing yet humane views. We work to uphold the equal enjoyment of human rights and civil liberties in an open, secular society and maintain it is a civic duty to participate in the democratic process and a planetary duty to protect nature’s integrity, diversity, and beauty in a secure, sustainable manner.
Taken from the American Humanist Association's guiding document, Humanism and Its Aspirations.