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Humanism is the most human philosophy of life. Its emphasis is on the human, the here-and-now, the humane. It is not a religion and has no formal creed, though humanists have beliefs. Humanists are atheists or agnostics and do not expect an afterlife. It is essential to humanism that it brings values and meaning into life.

(Jim Herrick, Humanism: An Introduction, 2003.)

Humanists are non-religious people who try to live according to principles based on reason and concern for others. They believe that human beings are able to live good and honest lives without having to rely on the supernatural. They aim to be open-minded, tolerant, and respectful of everyone regardless of belief. They seek fulfilment for themselves and others in this life because they believe it is the only one we have.

They are of the view that:

> this world and this life are all we have

> we should try to live full and happy lives ourselves and, as part of this, make it easier for other people to do the same

> all situations and people deserve to be judged on their merits by standards of reason and humanity

> individuality and social cooperation are equally important






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