I have defined Humanism as the faith that the needs of the members of Humanity have been, are, and shall be, met by Humanity itself, by its members. In this article, I’d like to explore that claim. I will try to list various needs that some other faiths claim are met by an agency other than humanity, and show how they are met by humanity, in fact.
Following the hierarchy of needs as posed by Abraham Maslow, let’s consider food. Some people claim that deity or nature feeds us, but the fact is that while our sources of food originate in nature (for the most part), we must collect, cultivate, or hunt the food, and then process it. We are predators, not recipients. If it weren’t for the development of tillage, our population explosion could not have been started, and if it weren’t for the Green Revolution, there should be endemic starvation at this time. Nature has not produced more abundantly to meet the growing needs of a burgeoning human population, and there are apparently no divine deliveries of victuals.
Moving on to “homeostasis”, which is keeping a steady environment, and basically comes down to clothing and shelter, it is too obvious that we produce our own clothes and build our own homes. Again, while the sources of our materials come from nature, we must, again, collect and process them. Clothing has been cheap after the human-produced Industrial Revolution. Before that, creation and maintenance of clothing was labor intensive, and the wardrobes of most people were limited.
Nature features caves, but there is no practical way for all of humanity to use them for shelter. Only in limited scope have these been able to be inhabited. They are usually formed by water action on soluble minerals, and this creates too humid an environment than is healthy for most of us. Living without shelter, under the trees, only works in very stable, warm climes and is not practical for large numbers of people.
Up the ladder to security, we find, that, starting with developing our own shelter, it is humanity that provides what security we can enjoy. There are too many natural disasters, and horrors perpetrated by one religious, or otherwise irrational, group upon another, for there to be any credible argument for divine protection. Cases that seem to involve that are just misinterpreted through religious programming.
It is well established in philosophy that
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This post is to announce my new blog on the topic of Humanism, a spin-off from my main blog. It being that faiths involving mythical religions and pseudosciences are major obstacles to human progress, I feel that contributing to the understanding of Humanism, and to the spread of its adoption, is one of the most important things I can do with my life.
In addition to developing a definition of Humanism, I’ll be exploring variants and related topics, and contrasting with opposing viewpoints. I’ll also include announcements of groups and events I find near the locations of visitors. If it turns out that anyone wishes to join me in using this venue, as a fellow editor, author, or other contributor, I’ll change the title from being so egotistical.