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Humanism is

The American Humanist Association's definition of "humanism".
Humanism is
 a  rational  philosophy
    informed  by  science,
    inspired  by  art,  and
    motivated  by  compassion.

Affirming  the  dignity  of  each  human  being,
it  supports
    the  maximization  of
        individual  liberty  and  opportunity
    consonant  with
        social  and  planetary  responsibility.

It  advocates
    the  extension  of  participatory  democracy  and
    the  expansion  of  the  open  society,
standing  for
    human  rights  and  social  justice.

Free  of  supernaturalism,
it  recognizes
    human  beings  as  a  part  of  nature  and
holds  that
    values
        --be  they  religious,  ethical,  social,  or  political--
    have  their  source
        in  human  nature,  experience,  and  culture.

Humanism
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.
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