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Definition of "Humanist"
1. a person having a strong interest in or concern for human welfare, values, and dignity.
(according to Dictionary.com)
The simplified core of the Humanist moral code is:
The Golden Rule
~ We believe in treating others the way we'd like to be treated ~
A "Humanist" believes in doing his or her best to influence the world to be a healthy place where everyone on earth is offered an abundance of opportunities to live a happy and successful life.
“Humanism” is not a religion or a religious concept ...and could more accurately be described
as the compassionate moral code of a community of especially thoughtful, kind people.
Cicero (106 - 43 BC) was most responsible for defining and popularizing the term "humanitas" which translates to modern English as "humanism". Cicero used "humanitas" to describe a philosophy of kindness and benevolence toward one's fellow human beings as well as a philosophy which
places a high value on scholarship and intellectual integrity.
For Cicero (who was a lawyer) what most distinguished humans from brutes was speech,
which he believed should enable reasonable people (applying "humanitas" or "humanism")
to settle disputes peacefully and live together in harmony under the rule of law.
The next well-known instance of people describing themselves as “humanists” werea branch of Catholic clergy during the Renaissance. These “humanist” priests embraced scientific innovation, the arts, and advocated humanitarianism. And even today (whether theyrealize it or not), most people who identify themselves as "Jewish" or "Christian" ...the mosthighly educated members of all religions in fact ...tend to believe in Humanist values,and tend to live by this kind and peaceful ethical code.The first "Humanist Manifesto" was issued in 1933 at a University of Chicago conference and was signed by 35 people ...mostly ministers and theologians ...but signatories also included philosopher John Dewey (a founding father of psychology), several college professors, a dean, and a rabbi.They identified Humanism as an ideology that espouses reason and ethics, as well as social andeconomic justice. They also called for science to replace dogma and the supernaturalas the basis of morality and decision making.All people who identify themselves as Unitarians, Deists, or Reform Jews (a.k.a. "Progressive"or "Liberal" Jews) are also identifying themselves as Humanists. Many people who don'tidentify with any religion adopt Humanism as a secular moral code. And many Liberal Christians (including many Catholics) also consider themselves to be Humanists.The American founding fathers who identified themselves as "Deists" including George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and Thomas Paine were all Humanists.Leonardo Da Vinci, Mark Twain, Neil Armstrong, and several Nobel Prize winners are alsoincluded in the wikipedia's list of famous Deists. In fact, 22 of the 54 living Nobel Laureatesconsider themselves to be Humanists.Pioneers of psychology Abraham Maslow and Sigmund Freud were both Humanists,as was Chinese philosopher Confusius.Many famous people were/are Humanists including...John Lennon, Leonard Bernstein, Noam Chomsky, Arthur C. Clarke, Roger Ebert, Betty Friedan, R. Buckminster Fuller,Katherine Hepburn, Bill Hicks, Aldous Huxley, John Cusack, Seth MacFarlane, Bill Nye (The Science Guy), J. Robert Oppenheimer, Gene Roddenberry, Bertrand Russel, Carl Sagan, Hunter S. Thompson, Erwin Schrodinger, Charles M. Schulz (Cartoonist creator of Peanuts), Rod Serling, Benjamin Spock (Dr. Spock), Ted Turner (founder of CNN), Nikola Tesla,Gore Vidal, Kurt Vonnegut, Walt Whitman, Steve Wozniak (creator of first Apple computer), Frank Zappa, George Orwell,Jack Nicholson, Johnny Depp, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Robert Altman, Sean Penn, Julia Sweeney, Kevin Bacon, David Cross,Matt Damon, Morgan Freeman, Jodie Foster, William Shatner, John Cleese, Stephen Hawking, Ernest Hemingway,Miley Cyrus, Douglas Adams (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy), Jamie Hyneman & Adam Savage (Mythbusters stars),George Clooney, Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock), Bjork, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Ricky Gervais, Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean),Natalie Portman, Dick Cavett, Larry King, Janeane Garofalo, Matt Groening (creator of "The Simpsons" and "Futurama")...and many more.Albert Einstein (the genius who came up with the theory of relativity) served on theadvisory board of the First Humanist Society of New York and was anhonorary associate of the British Humanist Organization.The following are a few of Albert Einstein's written comments about his Humanist beliefs...
"The most important human endeavor is the striving for morality in our actions. Our inner balance and even our very existence depend on it. Only morality in our actions can give beauty and dignity to life. To make this a living force and bring it to clear consciousness is perhaps the foremost task of education. The foundation of morality should not be made dependent on myth nor tied to any authority lest doubt about the myth or about the legitimacy of the authority imperil the foundation of sound judgment and action."
"I do not believe that a man should be restrained in his daily actions by being afraid of punishment after death or that he should do things only because in this way he will be rewarded after he dies. This does not make sense. The proper guidance during the life of a man should be the weight that he puts upon ethics and the amount of consideration that he has for others."
"I cannot conceive of a personal God who would directly influence the actions of individuals, or would directly sit in judgment on creatures of his own creation. I cannot do this in spite of the fact that mechanistic causality has, to a certain extent, been placed in doubt by modern science. My religiosity consists in a humble admiration of the infinitely superior spirit that reveals itself in the little that we, with our weak and transitory understanding, can comprehend of reality. Morality is of the highest importance—but for us, not for God."
Humanist.tv agrees with Albert Einstein's comments about what he considered Humanism to be, andalso endorses the International Humanist and Ethical Union's definition of "Humanism" stated below...
Amsterdam Declaration 2002
www.Humanist.tv is intended to be an Internet TV networkproviding video programming that promotes Humanist values...
…and will also function as a social networking site which Humanists around the world can
use to interact with one another. An Internet-based-global-Humanist-Community-Center. The inspiration for www.Humanist.tv came as a result of this website’s founder’s wishto provide his children with an enjoyable alternative to the many confusinganti-Humanist messages that are often communicated by cable TVand other Internet sites which are currently providing video programming.
So www.Humanist.tv will include filtering options for children, to give Humanist parentsentertainment options for their children they can really feel good about, while simultaneouslygiving adult Humanists increased access to the kind of programming, information,and discussions of ideas that haven't necessarily been easy to access...until now.(at the moment "now" means "once this site is up and running")
If you have any suggestions for this website, please contact:
George A Titsworth IV
If you'd like to see this site come together more quickly, please...