Humanism and Social Justice

Humanism and Social Justice

Posted on the 23/02/22

“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 the
spirit of reason and free inquiry through human capabilities. It is not
theistic, and it does not accept supernatural views of reality.”

– Amsterdam Declaration

But how can we achieve this “more humane society”, can it become reality
or will it remain somewhat utopian? February 20 is World Day of Social Justice.
As humanists we all know the many levels and dimensions the term “humanism”
brings together. If we describe humanism as a worldview it is an approach oriented
toward the interests, values and dignity of the individual human being. It is a collective
term for those specific ideas that aim to improve the foundations of human existence and,
in particular, to advance humanity. Freedom of conscience, recognition of social plurality
and non-violence are important humanist principles that are to unfold in the solidary cooperation
of all people in sustainable social, economic and ecological responsibility. Today, the World
Day of Social Justice, pays tribute to this social responsibility we all carry as human beings,
a responsibility for our fellow humans, especially for those whose lives and identities deviate
from a constructed norm a society or religion is forcing upon them.

Our member organisations work hard to offer support for people in need by not only shaping and
spreading the idea of humanism within intellectual debates. Their contributions range from social
to educational and cultural projects. They run crèches and schools, offer counselling and even
medical ethics assistance. Humanism and social responsibility and therefore also social justice
go hand in hand. Because at its core humanism develops ideas and initiatives on how to realise
a self-determined and meaningful life that is accessible to all
human beings.

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