“Humanism is a democratic and ethical life stance that affirms that human beings have the right and responsibility to give meaning and shape to their own lives. Humanism stands for the building of a more humane society through an ethics based on human and other natural values in a spirit of reason and free inquiry through human capabilities. Humanism is not theistic, and it does not accept supernatural views of reality.”

— International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU)

Ten Humanist Principles

  • DIGNITY: Proclaim the natural dignity and inherent worth of all human beings.
  • RESPECT: Respect the life and property of others.
  • TOLERANCE: Be tolerant of others belief and life styles
  • SHARING: Share with those who are less fortunate and assist those in need of help.
  • NO DOMINATION: Do not dominate through lies or otherwise.
  • NO SUPERSTITION: Rely on Reason, Logic and Science to understand the universe and to solve life's problems.
  • CONSERVATION: Conserve and improve the Earth’s natural environment.
  • NO WAR: Resolve differences and conflicts without resorting to war or violence.
  • DEMOCRACY: Rely on political and economic democracy to organize human affairs.
  • EDUCATION: Develop ones intelligence and talents through education and effort.

from Global & Rational Ethics by Rodrique Tremblay