I have questions. As I state in my profile, I want to know everything. Oftentime, as I debate or question or interact with people, when I touch on a sensitive peach of their dogma they are offended and attack.
I understand. I do not hold this against them. If I were defending something I cherish, something (or someone) to which I have devoted myself, emotion would take over. Staying cool and harmonious in a defensive posture is tough.
I remember when my newborn was terribly ill and in the hospital. I remember when I was in the hospital after my car crash. I remember when my wife was in the hospital literally at deaths door. In each case someone asked me if I was praying. In each case the follow up was, 'why not? it can't hurt."
My reply was this: by that logic when you pray you should pray to every god out there, after all, it can't hurt.
And then they would get upset and drop the issue.
But the fact is it can hurt. When you have to go against what you believe and understand, it hurts.
So often I hear people define liberalism or humanism or reform etc, as a feeling, as an attidue that has no substance. There is no recognition of an underlying philosphy or understanding of the world we inhabit.
So I will give a brief synopsis of what humanism means to me. I must live in a manner that makes healthy harmonious sense. In order to do this I must live with the recognition that I am ignorant and have zero understanding of anything. I breathe and I work on breathing. I recognize that we as people are biological beings and therefore we have no flaws or imperfections, we have no perfection either; we exist. We exist occurding to the laws of our physical natural world. Our reality has ingrained in our species certain imperatives which we have codified into laws and a general guide to a healthy life for this version of reality. Laws such as, don't sleep with your close family and don't murder etc. I accept these laws because unlike the chicken and the egg, these laws came first. These laws developed from a natural state. Furth, archeology has shown that these laws, and others, were followed by many societies long before any religion in existence today.
But people are people. For tens of thousands of years people had even less understanding of the world than we have today. Tribes developed. Important people and cultures and societies were built. Laws were imposed. Prayers were developed. Gods were invented. And this continues today.
Maybe one or more of those peoples or cultures were right and had the truth. But so far what I have found is that most of what we think we know is wrong. We don't know a whole lot more than what we do know. So the idea that people think they have the truth is more than a little frightning. Humanism, for me, is about recognizing that I don't know a whole lot more than what I do know. But living based on someone else view of the truth can hurt and does.