Hu­man­ism seeks greater good

The Washington Times Daily - - Opinion -

To as­sert that sec­u­lar hu­man­ism al­lows a view of our­selves as “com­modi­ties with a price tag” is about as mis­guided a state­ment as can be made about the hu­man­ist point of view (“The Se­be­lius sav­ings plan,” Com­ment & Anal­y­sis, Wed­nes­day).

There is no part of hu­man­ism that would lend it­self to the idea that peo­ple are to be seen as hav­ing a “date of man­u­fac­ture” and “an ex­pi­ra­tion date.” Hu­man­ism re­jects su­per­nat­u­ral­ism in its ef­fort to help peo­ple lead eth­i­cal lives of per­sonal ful­fill­ment that as­pire to the greater good of hu­man­ity.

“Guided by rea­son, in­spired by com­pas­sion and in­formed by ex­pe­ri­ence” is a com­mon state­ment about hu­man­ism, and it gives all of us a per­ma­nently open door to dis­cov­er­ing what it is to be hu­man and how to build a so­ci­ety that gives us all the most we can get from life. Just ask any hu­man­ist.

ROY SPECKHARDT

Washington

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