What is a humanistic perspective? Some terms like humanist and humanism have a negative connotation in our culture. Is it good or bad? Let’s look a little closer at this philosophy. Maybe it’s not as bad as they have led us to believe.
Certain things are demonized to prevent people from exploring them. Demonizing is a favorite tactic of organized religions to keep their flock under control. So, if you are one of the 4 billion members of the world’s dominant religions, the terms we are talking about are forbidden territory for you. Do you want to know why you’ve been taught to fear it?
A Humanist Manifesto of Peace
A manifesto is a declaration of policies and goals. The goal of humanism is peace, equality, and sustainability.
You can define humanism by explaining what it is not. First of all, humanism is not a religion. It is a philosophy that promotes freedom from religion. It’s not a religion because it is not based on mythology and superstition.
It’s not a form of determinism that implies humans have no free will or choice. Humanism is the opposite. You could say it’s “indeterministic” because it champions our ability to think for ourselves. Humanism could be viewed as an ideology because it contains ideas and theories dealing with ideals and moral action. It gives us the proper perspective for addressing global issues.
A Humanistic Perspective
Humanism is a valuable perspective in its positive influence on the individual and the culture. Let’s investigate the details to see why it’s a good thing.
Here’s a definition from the American Humanist Association (1):
“Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism or other supernatural beliefs, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good.” ― American Humanist Association
A Humanist is someone who
A humanistic perspective is a mindset that promotes the equitable and ethical treatment of everyone, not the preferential treatment of any group or class. It emphasizes the use of critical thinking and science to find solutions. Some people are Humanists but don’t know it. Let’s look more closely at what this means. We find this philosophy has four fundamental values:
1) All people are equally valuable. It is a philosophy motivated by compassion, promoting inclusion instead of exclusivity. It champions the equal treatment of all races, ethnicities, and genders.
The focus is on fairness and equity, championing the fundamental human rights of all people. Proper medical care, clean water, adequate food, and shelter are human rights, not just privileges for the rich. It is against preferential treatment for any group, including preferential treatment because of religious beliefs. These rights are the core values of a humanist manifesto.
2) Promotes the long-term care of the environment. All living creatures are valuable with the right to coexist. It sees our role in the world as caretakers of the future. Everyone has a responsibility in the world as caretakers of the future.
3) The health of people, living things, and the environment take precedence over monetary gain and profit. Profit should not take precedence over the health of people or the environment.
4) It Champions the scientific approach to governing and solving problems. The scientific method is the most reliable way to solve complex problems and improve the world. It does not support using theism, mythology, and superstition as a basis for public policy. It advocates fair and equal access to participatory governance.
A Humanistic perspective is a philosophy that benefits everyone by promoting equality and fair treatment, protecting the environment, and using science to find solutions. It makes you wonder why some fight against these progressive values.
A sizeable portion of the population still holds onto ideologies that harken back to the stone age. They enjoy the fruits of science while at the same time forwarding policies that are regressive and sectarian. Where do you stand?
Do You Have a Humanistic Perspective?
Do you align with this philosophy? Do you think all people deserve fairness and the ability to live with dignity? Do you think people deserve clean water, food, shelter, and health care? Humanists believe in an inclusive and verdant culture. They champion human rights for all races, genders, and ethnic backgrounds.
Why do some people think it’s a bad thing? What about you? How do you feel about a humanistic perspective now? Does it seem like a bad thing? Let’s look at why some people think humanism is evil.
Demonizing Inclusion, Fairness, and Equality
The only people against such a humanist manifesto are those who want preferential treatment, don’t care about the environment, and detest science. What groups would fit this description? Would religious fundamentalists fall into this group?
When we come into this world, we are a blank slate. Our awareness and thinking are pure and unlimited by false narratives and beliefs. Some cultures continue to indoctrinate their children into mythology and superstition they call religion. About half of the world’s population is subject to self-hypnosis and group hypnosis brainwashing.
Starting in the late 16th Century, the age of reason began to reveal the truths behind the doctrines and sacred texts of the major religions. Through the late 18th Century, the great thinkers said the facts about their beliefs would cause their demise, but they were wrong; not even hard evidence is powerful enough to overcome Western organized religion’s powerful propaganda and censorship. Many people do not enjoy their original state of being. Instead, they live to protect the very entities that imprison their minds.
It is all about competition. Follow the money. If someone competes for your customers, one tactic is to attack their reputation. If you disparage the term associated with their name, you protect your customer base. You make it off-limits to your customers by proclaiming it as evil. It’s what happens with humanism. Humanism doesn’t promote sectarianism.
The basis of Western organized religion is exclusivity. The Abrahamic religions (2) of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism promote this idea to create a loyal paying customer base. Western organized religion has thousands of variations, each one claiming the only correct interpretation. So, to belong to one sect of these religions is to declare war on the others. Everyone outside of your worldview is the enemy of your God. So, you learn to treat them as enemies.
If you have a humanist perspective, you will not support preferential treatment based on religious affiliation. You will not align with the philosophy of religious discrimination, gender, ethnic and racial bias.
Where did the negative bias for humanism originate? Western theology adopted these prejudices along with the other beliefs of mystery religions. Western theology is the rebranding of the mystery religions from Babylon, Egypt, Persia, and Assyria. They learned how to demonize their competition from their predecessors. That’s what makes it the wealthiest entity on Earth. What exactly is demonizing?
Demonizing for Profit
If you want to make something off-limits, one way is to make it undesirable. Religions do this to make it evil, demonic from the Devil. That’s what demonizing is all about. It’s an age-old strategy that started as a military tactic to dehumanize the enemy so you wouldn’t feel guilt over killing them.
The stars in the sky are “Devas” In the Hindu religion. So, the Assyrians, who were their sworn enemies, made the “Devas” into Devils, evil personified. It motivated the Assyrians against the Indian Hindu. It allowed them to use the most inhumane methods because their enemies were devil worshipers.
The slandered Deity of the Hindu later became codified in Assyrian/Persian mythology. It became the basis of the belief system and terminology devils and demons in later Western theological constructs.
So, the attempt to demonize a term is born out of religious prejudice. It’s a ploy to disparage practice that does not align with the Western theological construct. Abrahamic religions control much of the cultural narrative with 4 billion members. So, they demonize humanism because it threatens their customer base. Above all, it’s a strategy to keep their paying customers, and humanism is a threat to this cash flow. A humanist is someone who does not support organized religion, so by default, you are an enemy because you disrupt their cash flow.
Other researchers of the early 18th like Kersey Graves (3), thought the light of the origins would be the end of Western Organized Religion. These researchers underestimated the power of religious indoctrination. Western organized religion adopted theology from religions they later demonized as Pagan or Occult heresy. This kind of demonization is what is happening with humanism and humanism.
Groups of Religious Devotees
Religious devotees can be categorized into four groups based on their level of indoctrination and varying degrees of activism. The level of their involvement corresponds to their exposure to groupthink manipulation programming. The more exposure you have, the more likely you will accept programming that is increasingly harmful to yourself and others.
1) Those classified as “on the fringe” typically live in a community where the religion does not have complete control over the local cultural narrative, so there is an opportunity for freethinking. They participate out of family tradition and give the outward appearance of membership. However, they are not weekly adherents to the assembly, attending only special celebrations and festivals.
They are the most likely to see inconsistencies in superstition and mythology. But, out of family or cultural allegiance, they often go along with harmful ideas, even if they disagree personally. They allow and support discriminatory practices. Silence is their way of coping.
If they can find the courage or have a friend on the same level of awakening, they can become freethinkers. Sometimes all it takes is a resource, like our website, to give them the tools to forge their way out. Using a process like Comparative Analysis will help them see the inconsistencies in black and white.
2) A “moderate devotee” is a regular supporter and attendee. They provide the backbone of monetary contributions and provide the largest political base. Even though they may be aware of the contradictions and fallacies of the paradigm, they ignore them. Often they are entangled in relationships that have close ties with the religion. Sometimes, family and business relationships depend upon their religious affiliation.
So, they are cemented into the cultural narrative, even if they know it is harmful (attacking abortion clinics and physicians, for example). The longer they stay in the cult, the more susceptible they become to extremist ideas and ideologies. It increases with their exposure to groupthink manipulation tactics. A lot depends on the whims of the religious leader in charge of their cult.
They spend at least one hour on average per day watching religious TV or listening to religious-based and radio programs. It’s a pattern that further cements them into the mythology and conspiracy theories.
3) Religious Hardliners Attend more than one meeting a week. They are often in charge of groups and study courses advocated by the religion to advance their particular religious pedigree. Their passion makes them ideal for middle management. They lead small groups pushing the agenda of their religious leader and enforce the boundaries of the belief system, weeding out undesirables. They learn to use the groupthink manipulation tactics familiar with cults.
It only takes a slight push to take them to the next level as an extremist. Sometimes it’s the promise of promotion within the cult or the break up of a significant relationship. They don’t realize how vulnerable they have become even though they employ the same tactics to control others. They see a humanist perspective of life as a weakness.
4) The Extremist Devotee is the scary brand of the overzealous religious mind. These people become key leaders. They are often narcissistic and seek attention. Their training in groupthink manipulation (conman tactics) makes them seem articulate and charismatic. Controversy, greed, fear, and anger are the primary tools they use to motivate others.
They tend to be well-versed in tactics of diversion. So, they will rarely be convinced by any facts, evidence, or argument. The “need to believe” will override any threat to their worldview. You can’t win them with debate or confrontation. The only way to do it successfully is with two methods. The first is called reprogramming, but this technique is against the law. The second method we call an unconventional approach to save a believer.
Research Findings on Religious Devotees
When conducting a comparative religious study, we present the four humanism values. We show these values to participants who identify as religious devotees. We don’t tell participants where these four value statements Originate. Here are our polling results:
Fringe believers are the most likely to choose the Humanist philosophy over Western religion’s value system. We find about half of the moderate believers will decide the value system of humanism as superior to those in Western theology. And some hardline believers will choose the four values of humanism as equal to the theology of their particular sect. Those we identify as extremists reject any value system other than their own.
“Religious people claim that it’s just the fundamentalists of each religion that cause problems. But, there’s got to be something wrong with the religion itself if those who strictly adhere to its most fundamental principles are violent bigots and sexists.” — David G. McAfee
If you are a religious devotee, this research will help you understand where you fit into the belief continuum. Keeping the fringe and moderate believers from slipping down the slope to extremism is essential for our planet’s future. It’s possible to reverse this trend. We recommend using comparative analysis and the unconventional approach to saving the devotee.
A humanistic perspective supports a humanist manifesto of peace, a healthy alternative to religious sectarianism. It does not support the use of religious beliefs for governing. Belief in imaginary friends and enemies is not justification for violence. We are born humanists. It’s time we return to our original state of being.
Many fringe believers align more with the humanist’s philosophy than their religion. If you belong to a religion because you were born into it, this isn’t your fault. They programmed you to believe in the family religion. Now that you are an adult, it is your responsibility to fix this negative mindset.
Many people hold onto their religion’s identity even though they see the inconsistencies and logical fallacies. Their faith is just a cover story hiding bigotry and prejudice. These people could be freethinkers, but family, friends, or business relationships bind them to the system. Have the courage to take one more step and free yourself from negative bias and prejudice. If someone asks, are you a humanist? Proclaim, yes I am. Then explain to them what it means.
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(1) American Humanist Association
(2) Kersey Graves, The World’s Sixteen Crucified Saviors, 1881
(3) The Abrahamic Religions, Wikipedia