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Humanists are guided by a series of principles which are not "rules" we live by but are personal values which so consistently appear in humanists that they have been formally acknowledged as benchmarks of humanism.

Many people have the epiphany that they are indeed humanists upon reading these principles. For it is not a personal affirmation of humanism that makes one a humanist, it is the personal belief in the truth and value of these principles that makes one a humanist. Indeed, many great humanists of history lived their entire lives without any knowledge of humanism. That fact is irrelevant. They were humanists because, through word or deed, they expressed belief in the truth and value of the humanist ethic.


Declaration of Humanist Principles


  1. Humanism aims at the full development of every human being.

  2. Humanists uphold the broadest application of democratic principles in all human relationships.

  3. Humanists advocate the use of the scientific method, both as a guide to distinguish fact from fiction and to help develop beneficial and creative uses of science and technology.

  4. Humanists affirm the dignity of every person and the right of the individual to maximum possible freedom compatible with the rights of others.

  5. Humanists acknowledge human interdependence and the need for mutual respect and kinship of all humanity.

  6. Humanists call for the continued improvement of society so that no one may be deprived of the basic necessities of life, and for institutions and conditions to provide every person with the opportunities for developing their full potential.

  7. Humanists support the development and extension of fundamental human freedoms as expressed in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and supplemented by the UN International Covenants comprising the United Nations Bill of Human Rights.

  8. Humanists advocate peaceful resolution of conflicts between individuals, groups, and nations.

  9. The humanist ethic encourages development of the positive potentialities in human nature, and approves of conduct based on a sense of responsibility to oneself and to all other persons.

  10. A fundamental principle of humanism is the rejection of beliefs held in absence of verifiable evidence, such as beliefs based solely on dogma, revelation, mysticism or appeals to the supernatural.

  11. Humanists affirm the individual and social problems can only be resolved by means of human reason, intelligent effort, critical thinking joined with compassion and a spirit of empathy for all living beings.

  12. Humanists affirm that human beings are completely a part of nature and that our survival is dependent upon a healthy planet which provides us and all other forms of life with a life-supporting environment.



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