A Humanist Manifesto

William Theseus
These pages are excerpted from the book "A Humanist Manifesto" and features A Humanist Manifesto, A Humanist Creed along with selections from over 300 musings and amusings on the human condition.
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Man does not live in a world ruled by gods, devils and angels.   He lives in a world where he is ruled by his own human nature, animal nature and will. These are nature's genetic gifts to humans that sets them apart from the animals.  Man's human nature endows him with consciousness, will, reason, conscience, empathy, pity, charity, compassion, honesty, and brotherhood.   Man's animal nature promotes greed, envy, shadenfreude, anger, hatred, fear, dominance, aggression, lust, jealousy, callousness, and tribalism.  Human will is the element in human nature that allows mankind to choose between their human instincts and their animal instincts. Will is the critical element that creates the modern human.    Our human nature is responsible for all good in the human family and our animal nature is responsible for all the evil.  The animals must obey their animal instinct but man with his will may choose between his animal nature and his human nature. He may choose between good and evil and become a saint, a devil or something in between.  He is in charge of his own destiny. Surely people of reason will find human nature, animal nature and will a more sensible explanation of good and evil in the world than the religious ideas of gods, devils, angels and sin.

All religions are cults that have gained respect and legitimacy through longevity.  They exist because they answer the three basic questions of the human mind--why does the universe exist, what is the purpose of life and how should we live.  Thousands of these religious cults exist because there are thousands of different ways to answer these three basic questions.  The beliefs of these religious cults are organized, institutionalized, and codified ignorance.  A template for the creation of these cults is revealed in the life of Saint Paul, Mohamed, Joseph Smith, Elijah Mohamed, Jim Jones, David Koresh et al.  A preaching individual comes forth with a ridiculous, miraculous, mysterious story that people scoff at-virgin birth, golden tablets buried in the earth, etc. But the preacher persists with his story and eventually he starts to attract followers and over time the ridiculous stories become creed and the accepted word of a God. The great book of myths, the Bible was created in a similar manner and it fostered the creation of most of the major cults of today--Judaism, Catholicism, Islam, Methodism, Baptism, Mormonism, et al.  The greatest tragedy for western man occurred in the early centuries of the first millennium when he turned from Greek rationalism and took for truth Hebrew mysticism.  At the time the Judeans were compiling the Hebrew myths into the Bible, only a few hundred mile away the Greeks were using reason to create logic, mathematics and science.  The Hebrew Bible revealed the primitive, myth oriented mind of man while the Greek discovery of  logic and deductive reason revealed a more modern evolved mind of man.

Religions are the leading source of ignorance and violence in the world today and the single greatest curse on humanity. They corrupt the reasoning power of the mind with their myths and lead to the denigration of truth and knowledge as revealed by scientific skepticism, investigation, experimentation and the test of reason. Man's reason allows him to examine, compare, discriminate and create ideas, theories, conclusions and laws without the influence of any religious, spiritual or supernatural writings, theories or traditions. Religions on the other hand promote ignorance and superstition. They are the curse that stifles the grand march of man to his glorious destiny. They make a mockery of evolution's miraculous gift of reason to humanity. All over the world from cradle to grave people are brainwashed by the religious, "spiritual" and tribal cults and few people are endowed with the intellectual resources necessary to escape that brainwashing. Religion is the great waster of the human mind.  Though humanists abhor the myths propagated by religions and the control they exert over the human mind, they must none the less respect the right of people to believe religious ignorance but they must not respect the ignorance they teach.  Humanists need to take into account a very powerful truth that religious cults have discovered-- the most effective way to inculcate ignorance or knowledge into the human mind is through organized, instutionalized and codified evangelism.    

Nature is all and all is nature.  It is all that man knows and all he needs to know.  There is no need for him to  worry himself about a heavenly God.  If there were a God and humanity was supposed to know, it would know for sure and all over the world men would know for sure and agree about God as they agree about the laws of science.  However man does not know for sure.  Therefore, either he is not supposed to know about God or there is no God.  Either way man is relieved of any responsibility of even thinking about a God much less trying to prove that there is or is not a heavenly God.  Enlightened men are the Gods of humanity.  They  are the glory of humanity and the only Gods man knows for sure.

The four blasphemies of humanism are god cults, tribal cults, mystery cults and spiritual cults. All of these cults promote exclusivity and superiority that set men apart. They inculcate members with prejudiced beliefs that are not based on truth and reason. Humanism on the other hand is inclusive and holds all mankind as a brotherhood. It considers all cults, clans, tribes, ethnicities and sects as assemblies that divide men and proclaim their cult to be special in some way. They promote divisiveness, prejudice, pride, vanity and ultimately war and slaughter. They are a result of man's primitive animal instinct to form tribes. Humanists do not hold one group of humanity as a special brotherhood or preferred people. They consider people who hold such beliefs as errant brothers and sisters with prejudiced tribal beliefs that are anathema to the truth of humanism. The tribal cults have created the bogus idea of identity to excuse their tribal exclusivity, prejudice and nepotism.  True humanists recognize only one race, one ethnicity, and one tribal identity--humanity.  As we move away from religious, spiritual, and tribal cults and toward oneness with humanity we become more human and less animal. Socrates was a humanist. He said: "Never, when asked one's country, to answer I am an Athenian or a Corinthian, but that I am a citizen of the world." We as humanists must be true to this sacred principle of humanism. We must not be Americans, Frenchmen, Italians, Turks, Jews, Blacks, Catholics, Mormons, Baptists, Moslems, Hindus, Buddhists, etc. We must be international humanists and members of that glorious world wide family of humanity--the brotherhood of Man. Wherever true humanists may be they see the people around them not as strangers but instead as members of their glorious global family.  This glorious family is their only source of succor. 

The bedrock philosophy of the humanist mind is that it rejects all the cults of the world. The true humanist does not believe, follow or in any way honor any of the beliefs, rituals or practices of the religious, spiritual, or tribal cults. It is an oxymoron to claim to be a humanist and at the same time a member of or sympathizer with a cult.  The basic humanist belief is that it considers all of humanity as one tribe of brothers and sisters with reason as its guiding light and all scientific knowledge as its bible.

A Humanist Creed

We will search for knowledge
We will search for truth
We will search for reason
We will search for understanding

We will mold our lives with knowledge
We will mold our lives with truth
We will mold our lives with reason
We will mold our lives with understanding

We will follow no god
We will follow no religion
We will follow no guru or spirituality
We will follow no cult or tribe

We will glorify Humanity
We will walk in the light of brotherhood
We will walk in the light of kindness
We will walk in the light of charity

We will honor Humanity
We will sing its praises
We will believe only in Humanity
We will have faith only in Humanity

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