Lichfield Walsall & South Staffordshire Humanist Group - LWASS

Personal approval by a mythical being is not required to be a good person.

Welcome!

What are Humanists?

We are normal, everyday people, like you.

 

Is being a Humanist a route to happiness?

 

 

 

But how do we decide what is true?

 

Here are some famous people who give their view on what is Humanism.  

Our 'worldview' is that we take responsibility for our actions rather than deferring responsibility to the supernatural or  superstitious realm.

We are non-religious. 

Many surveys are showing that, throughout the World, the numbers of people who would call themselves non-religious are growing rapidly.  In many countries the non-religious outnumber the religious. Who do you think are the most non-religious countries? If you think this way or are considering it YOU ARE NOT ALONE.  More than ONE BILLION humans, whilst not necessarily Humanist, either do not believe in a personal God or have come to understand that Gods are man made creations. 

POINT TO CONSIDER : When we talk about more than one billion humans the link above will direct you to the facts and figures.  You may also be aware that almost 400,000,000 Buddhists do not believe in a single all knowing deity. If these are added that takes the numbers to over 1.5 billion. 

Most people adopt the religion of their parents.  Children generally do not get a choice until they come of age, even then some religions will not let you go even if you are no longer believer and never attend a place of worship.  Most people become atheist/humanist/agnostic/non-religious after much consideration of the options and are usually 16 years plus when they do. So are (more or less) adults.

Most religions include all children in their numerical assertions. More than 25% of World population is 15 and under.  We therefore ask the question, when it comes to numbers, how many adult adherents does each faith actually have?  

A definition of Atheism: ALL gods have been created by men (usually men) to help them have power and control over other human beings, men women and children.  The only place gods exist are in the minds of those that think they do.

 

Gods do not exist. 

Well only in the minds of those that think they do.

We think you can be good without an imaginary god.

What is Humanism?

 

 

Humanism is an attitude to life and living.

 

Humanists see no plausible or acceptable reason for believing in a Creator God, nor in any kind of omniscient, omnipotent Deity or supernatural force which may affect, influence or help our individual or collective lives. 

Through education in science, human psychology and philosophy we have come to understand that Gods are created by human beings to help them try to understand the World in which we live and die. Do you wonder if you might be a Humanist. Take this quick quiz to find out.


This has enabled some humans to use religion to help them have power over their fellow human beings.  Some of whom are manipulated and controlled to undertake the most terrible acts against other human beings.

WE ARE HUMANists 

 

Humanists wish to live in an open, just and caring society, where human rights and human dignity are respected. As Humanists we don't all agree about everything, but we share basic values and ideals.

As Humanists we expect to live just this one life - and for us this idea gives the corollary that there is no Afterlife and no God. There is no independent verifiable evidence at all that proves God or Gods exist. God is imaginary

Since we expect to live just this one life, we try to make it as good as possible for everyone, including accepting responsibility for those yet to be born. We consider it our responsibility and our duty to help others where and when we can. We accept that giving such help is not always possible, and indeed not always wanted by some people.

As Humanists we consider Life to be very important.  However we consider even more strongly the importance of the Quality of that Life. Therefore a person whose quality of life is poor through terminal illness or extreme mental or physical disability, and who wishes to die because he or she feels that life is not worth living, should, be allowed to die. Possibly being assisted in the process of dying so that the inevitable can have dignity. We understand that, at the present time, such assistance is illegal in this country, but still see that such assistance is desirable.  In any campaign in favour of such a change in the law most Humanists would support it.


We consider that we are responsible for our own actions, responsible for the kind of world we live in, responsible for conserving the earth's resources and responsible for nurturing the next generation.

 

We find morality in human nature and in human concern for each other, rather than in a Divine Authority.

 

This means that we do not look to a Supernatural Being for our answers to the problems of living.

We think that we should help our children to grow up as loving, well-behaved, good and helpful people. We do these things because being good people, being good to ourselves and to others, is intrinsically the right thing to do.

We do not do them because a Holy Book tells us that an invisible Deity says that it is the right thing to do.

 

 

 

We look seriously at the problems of life and consider them in a rational way, but we also find fun and happiness in the joys of living, playing with family and friends, enjoying the company of family and friends, meeting new people.

 

We regard love and friendship as the greatest sources of human happiness.

 


 

 

 

 

 

We turn to our fellow men and women, family and friends for support in times of trouble, hoping to solve our problems together. We also use our own internal strength to solve our problems for ourselves

 

We acknowledge that many people gain great emotional support and solace from their animal pets and from their Deity.


We deplore prejudice on whatever grounds - gender, race, religion or sexual orientation, although most of us acknowledge that as human beings we can be subject to these failings ourselves. We fight such prejudice within ourselves where we recognise it.

 

We hate all wanton cruelty and violence and try at all times to avoid them ourselves, but many of us acknowledge that there can be occasions when violence may be necessary for the greater good.

 

Living a logical and rational life alone does not make a person a Humanist.

 

HUMANISM IS A STEP BEYOND ATHEISM 

A person can easily be both atheist and secular without being Humanist. Humanism requires the positive desire to help others and to improve the quality of life for others.  It means trying to understand and also to accept that there are people who do have a religious belief without insulting that person for their belief.  However this does not mean that you have to accept this belief or that the belief itself should be unchallenged.  Most believers have never read their particular religions 'holy' book but have had their belief thrust upon them by their parents who in turn had the same happen to them. 

Most atheists have a better working knowledge of religious texts than most religious followers.  Actually reading the 'book' and finding how repellent it truly is often leads them to non belief.

Do you think you have a strong belief?  Here are 50 simple proofs why 'God is Imaginary'. This is mainly based upon the so called Judeo-Christian god of the Bible but the basic concept will apply no matter if your god is called God, Odin, Zeus, Baal, Itzamná, Kevin, Jaweh or even Allah.  The possible exception to this may be the Flying Spaghetti Monster who has only recently been revealed to human kind.  It is possible that the FSM (apparently, unlike all the others, according to their own individual followers) is a human invention. Although true noodley Pastafarian believers would deny this.  

So how many gods do you not believe in?  I bet you will be surprised how many gods claim to be the one and only.  And what happens if you are choosing to follow the wrong one.  All devotees believe they are right. Ah the power of indoctrination at an age before you are capable of rational thought. 

And what do you believe.  Try this on line quiz.

And what about your political beliefs. Try this on line quiz.

If you would like to know more about Humanism why not come to a meeting.  A friendly welcome is guaranteed regardless of your creed.  However, you may find your beliefs challenged in debate and discussion using logic and reason.

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