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A Humanistic Perspective — A Humanist Manifesto of Peace

What is a humanistic perspective?  Some terms like humanist and humanism have negative connotations 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?

What is Humanism?

It is a philosophy that places the primary value of people above beliefs.  Humanism is an ideology because it does contain values.  It doesn’t have a holy book.  Nor does it have creeds, declarations of faith, or rituals.

A Humanist Manifesto of Peace

A manifesto is a list of what a person or group stands for.  The foundation of humanism is peace, equality, and sustainability for everyone.  It recognizes the role of humanity as stewards of the planet.

You can define a humanistic perspective by explaining what it is not.  First, humanism is not a religion.  It is a philosophy that promotes freedom from religion.  It is not a religion because it is not based on mythology and superstition.

Humanism is not a form of determinism.  Determinism is a philosophy that asserts people have no free will or choice.  Instead, everything is determined by fate or some other external force.  So, humanism is indeterministic because it champions our ability to think for ourselves.  Humanism is an ideology, as the principles on which it is built deal with ideals and moral action.  These principles give us perspective for solving global issues.

A Humanistic Perspective

“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

Some people are Humanists but don’t know it.  Let’s look more closely at what this means.

1) All people are valuable and must have the same basic human rights.  People need clean water, food, shelter, and medical care.  These rights should be available to everyone regardless of their socioeconomic status.

2) Promotes the long-term care of the environment.  All living creatures are valuable, with the right to coexistIt 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 takes 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.  Science is the most reliable way to solve complex problems and improve the world.

5) It advocates for a democracy built on laws that reflect equality and inclusion.  And it promotes equal access to the election process.  It does not support using religion as a basis for public policy.

A humanistic perspective is a mindset that promotes the fair and ethical treatment of everyone.  It does not support preferential treatment for any group or class.

Humanism is a philosophy that benefits everyone.  A humanist manifesto promotes the protection of the environment.  And it promotes science and rational thinking to help us solve global issues.  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?

a humanist is someone who is living their original state of being a humanist manefesto is a delaration of this state

More people align with this philosophy than you realize once you understand what it means.  How about you?  Do you think all people deserve fairness and the ability to live with dignity?  Should everyone deserve free clean water?  How do you feel about providing adequate food, shelter, and health care?  Humanists believe in these things 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 with a humanist manifesto are those who want preferential treatment.  These people don’t care about the environment and reject sound science.  What groups would fit this description?  Would religious fundamentalists fall into this group?  Yes.

When we come into this world, we are a blank slate.  Folklore and fairy tales of religion do not taint our minds.  Unfortunately, some cultures still indoctrinate children into myths and superstitions they call religion.  Here, they subject innocent minds to group and self-hypnosis tactics that corrupt thinking.

Starting in the late 16th Century, the age of reason began to reveal the truths behind major religions’ doctrines and sacred texts.  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 was powerful enough to overcome Western organized religion’s powerful propaganda and censorship.  Many people do not enjoy their original state of being.  Instead, they 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 (2) is sectarian exclusivity.  Each sect of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism promotes the “chosen one” mindset.  Each religion claims they are the only true version of this fairy tale.  So, everyone outside of their sect is an enemy of their God.

A humanist perspective helps you to see the danger of this kind of thinking and helps you see how religious prejudice is a slippery slope leading to discrimination.

Demonizing for Profit

What does it mean to demonize someone or something?  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 name of the Hindu Deity became part of Assyrian and Persian mythology.   It is the basis for the concept of devils and demons in Western theology.

So, demonizing is a tactic born of religious prejudice.  It is a tactic to discourage members from researching ideas outside the system.  The Abrahamic religions control the cultural narrative of much of the world.  They demonize humanism because it is a threat to their customer base.  These religions want to gain and maintain their control and cash flow.  So, a humanist is someone who is an enemy of these cults.

Kersey Graves (3) was a researcher and writer of the 18th Century.  His work helped to disclose the origins of Western theology.  He thought exposing the facts would bring an end to these institutions.  But he and his peers underestimated the power of these religions.  These early researchers were demonized, and their works were placed on the prohibited books list as Pagan heresy.

Groups of Religious Devotees

We can sort people with religious beliefs into four groups based on their level of indoctrination and activism.  Their willingness to support or take part in harmful acts corresponds to the amount of their exposure to harmful programming tactics.  The more exposure you have, the more susceptible you are to extremist points of view.

1) Fringe believers often live where organized religion does not dominate the culture.  It means there is room for freethinkers.

The people in this group see the inconsistencies and problems with the theology.  Yet, they support the agenda of the sect out of allegiance to family, friends, or business ties.  They may disagree with the ideology but go along anyway.  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.  A process like Comparative Analysis will help them see the inconsistencies in black and white.

2) The moderate believer is the financial backbone of the sect.  They will support social and political actions directed by the sect, even if they are harmful.  Even though they know the contradictions and fallacies of the paradigm, they learn to ignore them.

Moderates will often restrict contact with people outside the group.  They prefer relationships with those who hold the same religious beliefs.  Religious affiliation is often necessary for business, family, and personal relationships.

Their beliefs and social contacts cement them into the sect.  The longer they stay in the cult, the more susceptible they become too extremist thinking.

They spend considerable time with social media based on religious propaganda.  They watch religious TV or listen to religious-based and radio programs.  This pattern further cements them into harmful beliefs 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 religious pedigree.  Their passion makes them ideal for middle management.  They lead small groups, pushing the agenda of their religious leader and enforcing the boundaries of the belief system, weeding out undesirables.  They learn to use groupthink manipulation tactics familiar with cults.

It only takes a slight push to take them to the next level as extremists.  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 are 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.  We prefer the second method.  We call it 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 is superior to those in Western theology.  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 comparative analysis because it will help you understand religious belief sources.

In Conclusion

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.  It isn’t your fault if you belong to a religion because you were born into it.  They programmed you to believe in the family religion.  Now that you are an adult, you must fix this negative mindset.

Many people hold on to their religion’s identity even though they see 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.

References

(1) American Humanist Association.
(2) Kersey Graves, The World’s Sixteen Crucified Saviors, 1881, Wikipedia
(3) The Abrahamic Religions, Wikipedia

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