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What do humanists stand for?

“Humanism is a democratic and ethical life stance that affirms that human beings have the right and responsibility to give meaning and shape to their own lives. Humanism stands for the building of a more humane society through an ethics based on human and other natural values in a spirit of reason and free inquiry through human capabilities. Humanism is not theistic, and it does not accept supernatural views of reality.”

— The Minimum Statement on Humanism, Humanists Internationa

What are humanistic values?

Humanistic values reflect our common responsibility of the wellbeing of all creatures and living beings on our planet. American humanists have documented these values as The 10 Commitments.

The 50th anniversary World Humanist Congress in 2002 unanimously passed a resolution known as The Amsterdam Declaration 2002 that showcase the fundamentals of modern Humanism.

Icelandic humanists have also come together and put down their own manifesto, Siðmennt's manifesto, where the humanistic values are written down with Icelandic circumstances are taken into account.

The 10 commitments are:

  • Altruism
  • Critical Thinking
  • Empathy
  • Environmentalism
  • Ethical Development
  • Global Awareness
  • Humility
  • Peace and Social Justice
  • Responsibility
  • Service and Participation