Humanism is the belief that we can live good lives without religious or superstitious beliefs. Humanists make sense of the world using reason, experience and shared human values. We seek to make the best of the one life we have by creating meaning and purpose for ourselves. We take responsibility for our actions and work with others for the common good.
Key principles of Humanism
Humanists oppose prejudice and discrimination based on race, culture, religion, gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental abilities, or age.
Humanists believe that moral values have developed naturally as people have learnt to live and work together, and are properly founded on human nature and experience alone. They do not derive from supernatural authority.
Humanism is an active and ethical philosophy. It recognises the importance of individual responsibility, social cooperation and mutual respect.