The definition of humanism is a set of beliefs and values based upon the idea that humans are basically good and that problems can be addressed using reason rather than religion.
So many of the world’s problems could be alleviated if more people would think this way. Remove religion and look at the human. Remove religion and feed the hungry, house the homeless, teach the children. Take care of the problems of the world without worrying about religious dogma.
The first hurdle to this idea is to remove greed from the equation as well. So many solutions get stymied by money. Food doesn’t leave the docks because the right palms haven’t been greased. Meanwhile, small children are starving to death in the streets. Wars are fought over the oil in the ground and the ones paying for that oil are the children killed when their world is blown to bits. Children are not educated because of the threat they may one day pose to those in power. I truly believe that the majority of people are good and well intended, but that greed causes those in power to ignore the plight of the majority.
Of course, the next hurdle is the religion removing the religious aspects that stand between us. And you find yourself back at greed. The leaders of the world understand the hold religions have on their followers. And they twist religion to meet their own needs. So, the people follow those leaders, believing that their interests are being attended. It ends up in vicious cycle with different leaders pitting their followers against those of different beliefs.
So, the question is….
How do we help all people without getting involved in this cacophony? We need to silence the noise and deal with the true catastrophe, the poor souls left out of the world stage: the children, the poor, the elderly, the sick. We need to save them and regain our human dignity and spirit.