a rational philosophy
informed by science,
inspired by art, and
motivated by compassion.
Affirming the dignity of each human being,
the maximization of
individual liberty and opportunity
social and planetary responsibility.
the extension of participatory democracy and
the expansion of the open society,
human rights and social justice.
Free of supernaturalism,
human beings as a part of nature and
--be they religious, ethical, social, or political--
have their source
in human nature, experience, and culture.
thus derives the goals of life
from human need and interest
rather than from theological or ideological abstractions,
and asserts that
humanity must take responsibility for its own destiny.