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OUR SCOTTISH HUMANISTS HUMANISM
If you are ever asked , What is Humanism?
Humanism is an ethical life stance which affirms that human beings have the right and responsibility to give meaning and shape to their lives. It rejects superstition – including religious superstition - in all its forms. It is a belief in the value of education and free enquiry. It contends that a rational and responsible education system which is soundly based on scientific endeavour and investigation is the best system currently available.
Scottish Humanists believe that this is the only life we have and that we should make the best of it for ourselves and others. A humanist believes in a fair and just society where individuals can share in the endeavours, benefits and shared values of organisations set up for the common good, e.g. the NHS.
The greatest Humanist value is the pursuit of happiness for every member of society. It rejects greed and selfishness. It encourages co-operation and the intrinsic societal nature of the human species. We believe that people instinctively are capable of working together for the common good and that we don’t need religious superstition to tell us what is right from wrong.
Common decency, respect for others and a highly ethical approach to the problems of day to day living are paramount.
The chances are that you are already a Humanist, you just haven’t realised it yet.
Hugh Hill, BSc(Hons)Psych;DipSC. Convenor, Marriage officer, Scottish Humanists
THE SCOTTISH HUMANISTS WAS ESTABLISHED ON 1st JANUARY, 2011. ITS PRIMARY TENET IS TO ESTABLISH A COMMUNITY BASED CHARITY PROVIDING HELP WITHIN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES INCLUDING LOW COST CEREMONIES BASED ON HUMANIST PRINCIPLES AND TO OFFER COMPLIMENTARY MEMBERSHIPS TO ANYONE, REGARDLESS OF FINANCIAL CONSIDERATIONS. MEMBERSHIP IS OPEN TO ANYONE REGARDLESS OF RACE , CREED, COLOUR, POLITICAL OR SEXUAL ORIENTATION. SECULAR HUMANISM IS A PHILOSOPHY OF LIFE THAT BELONGS TO EVERYONE.
OUR SCOTTISH HUMANISM CONTENDS THAT EVERY CITIZEN HAS AN ABSOLUTE RIGHT TO FOOD, CLOTHING, SHELTER, HEALTH AND EDUCATION. THESE BASIC RIGHTS ARE BEST PROVIDED BY SOCIETIES THAT PURSUE A DEMOCRATIC SYSTEM WHICH THRIVES WITHIN A SECULAR BASED PHILOSOPHY. IN A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY, RUN TO SUIT THE NEEDS OF ALL CITIZENS, ALL SOCIETY (TAXPAYER) FUNDED ORGANISATIONS SHOULD BE SECULAR IN NATURE. THIS, WE BELIEVE, IS THE BEST SYSTEM IN WHICH WE CAN ENSURE THAT PEOPLE CAN WORK TOGETHER FOR THE COMMON GOOD AND THAT NO ONE SECTION OF SOCIETY IS BEING GIVEN A PRIVILEGED POSITION OVER ANY OTHER. TOLERANCE AND CO-OPERATION IS PARAMOUNT. GOVERNMENTS SHOULD GOVERN FOR ALL CITIZENS.