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Humanism welcomes all life-enhancing and healthy pleasures!


Humanism welcomes all life-enhancing and healthy pleasures, from the rollicking enjoyments of youth to the contemplative delights of mellowed age, from the simple gratifications of sports and the out-doors, to the more complex appreciation of art and literature, drama and cinema, friendship and social communion. Humanists believe in the beauty of love and the love of beauty. All the many-sided possibilities for good in human living the Humanist would weave into a sustained pattern of happiness under the guidance of reason. Exuberance is the watchword of the Humanist ethic.

The greatest difference between the Humanist ethic and that of Christianity and the traditional religions is that it is entirely based on happiness in this one and only life and not concerned with a realm of supernatural immortality and the glory of God. Humanism denies the philosophical and psychological dualism of soul and body and contends that a human being is a oneness of mind, personality, and physical organism. Christian insistence on the resurrection of the body and personal immortality has often cut the nerve of effective action here and now, and has led to the neglect of present human welfare and happiness.

Humanism asserts that it is folly to forego this-earthly pleasures in order to keep the soul pure so it will surely be accepted into a heaven that in any case is non-existent. The Humanist rejects entirely the puritanical aspects of Christianity and affirms the ethical right of enjoying to the utmost the goods of this existence. He or she disclaims the existence of Christian “original sin” with its inception in the act of procreation, and decries the over-emphasis on sex that the Christian Church has officially disseminated for almost 2000 years. Ethical principles apply to every field of human endeavor. In the Humanist ethic, business, politics, and international relations are just as important as sex.

Humanists make no apologies for carrying out the hedonistic counsel of “Eat, drink, and be merry.” But for the Humanist such hedonism takes place only in times of vacation and recreation, be it during the summer, during weekends, during the evening, or during a honeymoon of marital bliss. The pure, unalloyed enjoyment of such periods is neither inconsistent with nor opposed to hard work in an important job or dedicated effort on behalf of a great cause or causes. In fact, plenty of pleasure and recreation is likely to make one a better worker and citizen in general.


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This entry was posted on February 9, 2018 by in Uncategorized.
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