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What is humanism?

In a Nutshell

Humanism can be simply described as: “Good without gods.” However, there’s more to it than just that. It’s a celebration of life and a way to cope with the inevitable pain that comes with life.

In Depth

The Humanist Manifesto III describes Humanism as,

Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism and other supernatural beliefs, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity.

We think that’s pretty cool and we hope you do, too. The American Humanist Association has a comprehensive page that talks about the philosophy of Humanism in greater detail. Check it out.

Robert’s Take

Robert Green Ingersoll, for whom our library is named, authored a very powerful and short quote that we think embodies the spirit of Humanism:

Happiness is the only good. The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here. The way to be happy is to make others so.

We like it so much, in fact, that we have it posted over the fireplace. Learn more about how you can help make others happy.