If not easy to condone, the least, it’s easy to understand the appeal of organized religion. The immediate sense of belonging, a predetermined system of value easy to follow, the promise of eternal life, and that everything will be all right at the end. When a doctrine is laying out your morality for you the act of thinking becomes overrated, not to say frowned upon, and most people will go through life accepting what has been told to them without ever really giving a critical look to it, and still, live happy lives.
That would work out just fine if not for a minor problem, there is a plethora of religions all over the world, each one with its own set of moral values, each one with its own god, which by the way only looks after those who belong to his own religion. Now, on the other hand, consider this, the world is just one, we all need to share and cherish it, if we don’t, the human race which is also just one, will perish, and that my friend, is a fact either you want to believe in it or not.
How will the world ever find peace when religion thrives on separating and classifying us all under different causes? Even worse than that, how the world will even be peaceful when religious doctrine is able to convince the some of us to indiscrimitenly cause harm to others just because they don’t belong to “right” religion or don’t believe in the “right” god?
There is nothing more liberating than letting go of the notion that some mythical higher power is controlling your life, your destiny and your morality. Adopting humanism means that you put faith in humanity, you believe in the power of mankind to get things right on its own, and more importantly, you accept your own personal responsibility in creating a better world.
Once you accept that there is no such thing a magical father-like figure putting on a puppet show with 7 billion characters for his own amusement, you will accept that you and you alone are accountable for your actions. A Humanist will forgo any prayer when facing the challenges of life and they will take action instead. If a friend is sick, a humanist will give them a lift to the doctor, cook them a meal and help with the kids, not because some random god will promise eternal life, but simply because that’s the right thing to do.
If a community soup kitchen is looking for donations, a humanist will take a few minutes out of his own day and extend a helping hand just for the fun of it. A humanist will donate blood to a hospital and collect clothing for those in need because the world needs him/her to do it. If time is a problem in a busy lifestyle, a the humanist can’t be there to help, the humanist will donate money instead, which by the way is an equally valuable resource. A humanist will not do these things because an omnipotent being is watching our every move. A Humanist is compelled to do great things because they need to be done. A Humanist world is one where we put thoughts into actions because we aren’t waiting around for someone or something with more power to do it for us. Humanism is an empowering thing.
The argument that religion provides a much needed moral compass is hard to validate, and actually, if you ask me, an insult to the human race. Considering a very few exceptions, we all have an innate ability to do what’s right. Perhaps, at this point, it’s worth noting that an overwhelming majority of those behind bars all over the world subscribe to a supernatural belief system. No one has ever strapped a bomb to their own body or fired a weapon on a crowd of people in the name of Humanism. Critical and rational thinking is at the core values in a Humanist world. A Humanist isn’t plagued by the need to protect their interpretation of religious dogma.
To adopt Humanism is to free your mind and marvel at the advances humanity makes through education, science and research. To adopt Humanism is to accept that humanity does not have all the answers to the big questions of life and understand that the answers we already found are going to constantly change as we acquire more knowledge.
A Humanist world is one where sexism, racism, and bigotry do not exist. All of these cruel mindsets were given birth in a world full of religious dogma, and adopting Humanism makes it easy to accept people for who they are. There is no oppression of people who may work to change the ever evolving Humanist value system. The world needs more Humanists to help us all move forward in a peaceful way.
To adopt humanism is to accept what you are. Human.
Would you like to live in a world where all people are embraced for who they naturally are? How can we continue to allow religious dogma to suppress free thought and human curiosity? Do you think that adopting Humanism will help us understand we are one?