"Humanism is a broad category of ethical philosophies that affirm the dignity and worth of all people, based on the ability to determine right and wrong by appeal to universal human qualities"
"Humanism is a democratic and ethical life stance, which affirms that human beings have the right and responsibility to give meaning and shape to their own lives. It stands for the building of a more humane society through an ethic based on human and other natural values in the spirit of reason and free inquiry through human capabilities. It is not theistic, and it does not accept supernatural views of reality"
"Humanism is a way of leading a good life based on understanding ourselves as part of nature and a product of natural processes. It is an ethical worldview of recent origins that has developed alongside the great advances in human knowledge especially over the past 500 years.
The ethics of Humanism are grounded in natural human values like, care, compassion, altruism and fairness. It is a flexible life philosophy of open-mindedness, freedom and democracy which draws people to be deeply conscious of their common humanity. It leads people to acknowledge the moral worth of all human beings, and be guided in action by the realisation that all humans have common needs and share similar aspirations. It advocates free inquiry which is the basis of a scientific approach and it rejects absolute authorities and revealed wisdom. It leads people to defend intellectual integrity, and supports conscience over social customs. Responsible freedom of thought and action and civilised law are of paramount importance to Humanists. To be a Humanist is to desire the well-being of all humans, to celebrate the triumphs and to agonise over the tragedies of humanity. It is to live purposefully and peacefully in companionship with others in the knowledge that this is the only life we will know and that certainty is an illusion."
Opportunities for Exchange
At this stage there are three main modes of exchange for members:
1. Electronic communication
(a) 'Messages' - An active discussion board for all members (see left).
(b) Group emails to firstname.lastname@example.org. These emails are moderated so as to ensure zero spam to the group
2. Events and meetings (see past calendar)
(a) Catchups around existing events - as discovered by members and posted to our calendar. The organisers will often make group bookings and try to create opportunities before or after the event.
(b) Member-initiated events - for longer discussions, socialising, semi-structured activities, etc. This is the richest mode of exchange however requires considerable effort to organise. Your assistance with these is greatly appreciated by all members.
NSW Humanists Meetup enjoys the sponsorship of the Humanist Society of New South Wales www.hsnsw.asn.au. The Organizers of NSW Humanist Meetup are also members of the Society.
Seven Humanistic Principles
The Humanistic perspective is a common sense one:
1. Need to test beliefs - A conviction that dogmas, ideologies and traditions, whether religious, political or social, must be weighed and tested by each individual and not simply accepted on faith.
2. Reason, evidence, scientific method - Commitment to the use of critical reason, factual evidence, and scientific methods of inquiry, rather than faith and mysticism, in seeking solutions to human problems and answers to important human questions.
3. Fulfillment, growth, creativity - A primary concern with fulfillment, growth, and creativity for both the individual and humankind in general.
4. Search for truth - A constant search for truth, with the understanding that new knowledge and experience constantly alter our imperfect perception of it.
5. This life - A concern for this life and a commitment to making it meaningful through better understanding of ourselves, our history, our intellectual and artistic achievements, and the outlooks of those who differ from us.
6. Ethics - A search for viable individual, social and political principles of ethical conduct. Discerning the best course of action in order to enhance human well-being and individual responsibility.
7. Building a better world - A conviction that with reason, an open exchange of ideas, good will, and tolerance, progress can occur.
Three Primary Qualities
There are three keywords for this Meetup group:
1. Eudaimonia - Create the conditions for wellbeing, contentment, and peace with application of mind and body science as well as secular spirtual practice.
2. Authenticity - Discover and develop personal character and virtue though courage, clear thinking and existential, dharmic, and integral ways of living.
3. Social liberalism - Build, secularise, modernise, and liberalise groups and institutions for profit, people and the environment. Open up the possiblility for a progressive future for all.
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