Hello to all Members! Thanks for being here. Also Hello to all who are considering joining our group. Please accept our warm welcome.
I have formed this group as a way to bring all races, religions, and political associations together. It is in no way insultive to anyone's current beliefs.
I am going to call this the Humanist Manifesto IV. I hope no one finds this insulting or thinks I have over stepped my bounds. I am not trying to change anything other than the original belief, in the Humanist Manifesto III, that Humanists must not believe in anything supernatural. I think we should all agree that we must respect other people's views concerning religion, ethnic values, and supernatural beliefs. If these views clash with currently held scientific beliefs, we should agree to allow each individual the right to choose what they think is the correct understanding of these beliefs and views. We should encourage everyone to learn about earth sciences and the concepts of Humanism.
I believe it is paramount, to the success of spreading Progessive Humanism worldwide, that we allow each person their own views on these subjects. We further agree to try and spread Progressive Humanism to all the world's leaders, Political and Religious. We will strive to bring peace to the world and encourage all peoples, and their leaders, to adapt Progessive Humanism as a way of life, not a religion. All who embrace this brand of Progessive Humanism must agree to these terms.
Rev. of Progressive Humanism, Ty Reay
I support worldwide Progressive Humanism. Please support the Humanist Manifesto IV and religious and ethnic equality. Our differences should be worked out through reason and compassion. Please take a look at the Following document:
Humanist Manifesto IV
*Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity.
The life stance of Humanism—guided by reason, inspired by compassion, and informed by experience—encourages us to live life well and fully. It evolved through the ages and continues to develop through the efforts of thoughtful people who recognize that values and ideals, however carefully wrought, are subject to change as our knowledge and understandings advance.
This document is part of an ongoing effort to manifest in clear and positive terms the conceptual boundaries of Humanism, not what we must believe but a consensus of what we do believe. It is in this sense that we affirm the following:
Knowledge of the world is derived by observation, experimentation, and rational analysis. Humanists find that science is the best method for determining this knowledge as well as for solving problems and developing beneficial technologies. We also recognize the value of new departures in thought, the positive sides of religions, the arts, and inner experience—each subject to analysis by critical intelligence.
Humans are an integral part of nature, the result of unguided evolutionary change. Humanists recognize nature as self-existing. We accept our life as all and enough, distinguishing things as they are from things as we might wish or imagine them to be. We welcome the challenges of the future, and are drawn to and undaunted by the yet to be known.
Ethical values are derived from human need and interest as tested by experience. Humanists ground values in human welfare shaped by human circumstances, interests, and concerns and extended to the global ecosystem and beyond. We are committed to treating each person as having inherent worth and dignity, and to making informed choices in a context of freedom consonant with responsibility.
Life’s fulfillment emerges from individual participation in the service of humane ideals. We aim for our fullest possible development and animate our lives with a deep sense of purpose, finding wonder and awe in the joys and beauties of human existence, its challenges and tragedies, and even in the inevitability and finality of death. Humanists rely on the rich heritage of human culture and the life stance of Humanism to provide comfort in times of want and encouragement in times of plenty.
Humans are social by nature and find meaning in relationships. Humanists long for and strive toward a world of mutual care and concern, free of cruelty and its consequences, where differences are resolved cooperatively without resorting to violence. The joining of individuality with interdependence enriches our lives, encourages us to enrich the lives of others, and inspires hope of attaining peace, justice, and opportunity for all.
Working to benefit society maximizes individual happiness. Progressive cultures have worked to free humanity from the brutalities of mere survival and to reduce suffering, improve society, and develop global community. We seek to minimize the inequities of circumstance and ability, and we support a just distribution of nature’s resources and the fruits of human effort so that as many as possible can enjoy a good life.
Humanists are concerned for the well being of all, are committed to diversity, and respect those of differing yet humane views. We work to uphold the equal enjoyment of human rights and civil liberties, worldwide, in an open, secular society and maintain it is a civic duty to participate in the democratic process and a planetary duty to protect nature’s integrity, diversity, and beauty in a secure, sustainable manner.
Thus engaged in the flow of life, we aspire to this vision with the informed conviction that humanity has the ability to progress toward its highest ideals. The responsibility for our lives and the kind of world in which we live is ours and ours alone. *
We feel that religious and ethnic tolerance must be agreed upon by all. Keeping ones core religious and moral values is encouraged but certain outdated views must be altered to actually come to a compromise. This is the only feasible way to bring true, free democracy to the whole world. Earth sciences should be accepted in order to get every one on board to save our planet and ultimately, humanity. Democracy must be learned through compassion and proper education rather than forced through war.
Please consider extending this concept to other world leaders and adapting these compassionate rules for life to your current beliefs. Only through compassion and reason can the leaders of this world finally work out thier differences enough to have world peace.
Thank you for your consideration.