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HUMANIANITY
The Religion For Humanity
(WORKING TOGETHER ON HOW WE SHOULD LIVE ON THIS PLANET)


The only requirement for you to consider yourself a
Humanian
is the commitment to try to live according to the

Humanian (Rational-Ethical) Ultimate Ethical Principle
(HUEP)

defined here as:


WE SHOULD DO THAT WHICH WILL PROMOTE NOT ONLY THE SURVIVAL OF OUR SPECIES, BUT ALSO AS MUCH JOY, CONTENTMENT, AND APPRECIATION (JCA) AS POSSIBLE AND AS LITTLE PAIN, SUFFERING, DISABILITY, AND EARLY DEATH (PSDED) AS POSSIBLE, FOR EVERYONE, NOW AND IN THE FUTURE.



WHAT HUMANIANITY IS AND IS NOT
(Pronounced "hue-MAN-ee-AN-i-tee")


Humanianity is Religion in the descriptively accurate sense that it is human activity the purpose of which is to help individuals formulate fundamental principles regarding the best way to live their lives, i.e., a basic ethical philosophy (set of beliefs about what the right things to do are, and why, or, stated in a different way, how to be a good person, and why). (Thus, NOT implied are theism or belief maintained by faith or obedience.)

Humanianity is a movement within all religion, and within the human species in general, away from authoritarian ethics toward rational ethics, and specifically toward rational ethics based upon the above HUEP, as these terms are used on this website (see SPECIFIC INTRO, above). This movement is an increasing effort to replace our natural tendency to engage in dominance-hierarchy-related behaviors, that cause tremendous amounts of PSDED, with behaviors consistent with the social contract by everyone for the benefit of everyone. (Thus, Humanian ethics is based rationally upon the above HUEP, NOT upon beliefs, e.g. theistic, about which there currently can be no agreement.)

Humanianity is not a sudden, new phenomenon, but instead a probably exponential movement that has been occurring to some extent since an indefinite time in the past. ("Exponential" means starting very slowly, perhaps undetectably, but gradually accelerating till quite striking in its growth, ultimately resulting in drastic change.) However, it is a movement that is still very early in its growth, and should, if accomplished, lead to a far better life on this planet than we have ever known so far. (Compared to how we, as a species, may become, we are still just a toddler.) This movement having currently received a name is only a part of an effort to clarify and thus help promote the movement, such as to bring about its much faster growth (especially in response to an increasing sense of urgency).

Humanianity is not an organized religion or even an organization. There of course will probably develop Humanian organizations with functions including studying Humanian thought, advocating for Humanianity, and engaging in projects and activities consistent with the HUEP, but to be Humanian does not require joining any group.

Humanianity is not something to replace or compete with any group or group activity. Humanianity is a personal orientation (a commitment to try to live according to the HUEP) that any member of any group can decide to have, an orientation that may indeed result in that individual attempting to help his or her group(s) improve in certain ways.

THEREFORE:

In order to be a Humanian, there is no required set of beliefs other than, by definition, the HUEP, which is an ethical belief (about what we should do).

You can be a Humanian and still be a member of any specific religious organization, identify with any specific religious tradition, or have no other religious identification at all. (Perhaps most people come from a specific religious tradition.) Therefore, you can be a Christian Humanian, a Jewish Humanian, an Islamic Humanian, a Buddhist Humanian, a Hindu Humanian, a Bright Humanian, a Humanistic Humanian, an atheistic Humanian, or just a Humanian.

Since "Humanian" can be an adjective as well as a noun, you can be a Humanian Christian, Humanian Muslim, Humanian Humanist, Humanian Atheist, etc.



THE HUMANIAN LIFE


Please note that to be a Humanian entails a lifetime of effort:



Why study? We humans do wonderful things and awful things, to ourselves and to others, causing much JCA but also much PSDED. In order to stop causing PSDED, and in order to increase JCA, we have to understand what it is that we do that is not optimal, and what we should do instead. Such study is working on a basic ethical philosophy, the basic effort of all Religion.

Why learn? Since we are not optimal in our functioning so far, we have to bring about change in our brains, such that the behavioral output is different and better. There is always room for improvement, the goal of all Religion.

Why practice? Any new behavioral tendency that we bring about in our brains is weak in comparison to that which comes naturally to us or that which we have been accustomed to doing, and it is through purposeful, effortful repetition ("exercise") that we strengthen the later, newer behavioral tendencies.

Why improve? Throughout our lives we are frequently being confronted with new situations that involve complex judgements about uncertain situations, and it is therefore always possible and even likely that whatever we do, we could have done something even better, achieving an even closer approximation to perfection and thus living even more consistently with the HUEP.

Why model? If indeed we are behaving increasingly consistently with the HUEP, then we can help others to recognize the benefit of doing so, and help them to understand how to do so, by setting a model for them for imitation and identification, one of the most important ways in which all of us learn to do new things.

Why advocate? Others are more likely to join the effort if they become aware of the possibility of doing so, by virtue of their attention being drawn to that possibility, and the more of us that do indeed join the effort, the faster we will increase the JCA and reduce the PSDED of our species.

Each of the above efforts is in behalf of trying to make the world a better place, within our spheres of influence and within the limits of our capabilities.

"Making the world a better place" is defined here as bringing about more JCA and less PSDED. For each of us, our "sphere of influence" is defined here as all of those individuals (including ourselves) upon whom what we do has some effect. The outer boundary of one's sphere of influence is indistinct and unknown. The more influence one has on an individual, the closer that individual can be said to be to the center of one's sphere of influence. The self is therefore the center of that sphere. What we do to and for ourselves (often referred to as "life-style") is important in determining our capabilities for making the world a better place for others.

SUMMARY
In order to live consistently with the HUEP, the Humanian will seek to develop and live by a basic ethical philosophy that consists of ethical principles and ethical rules of conduct that are derived rationally from the HUEP and from existential beliefs (about what exists and how it works) considered most likely to be accurate, including relevant fundamental facts (see FUNDAMENTALS, link above), and that promote behavior toward self, others, and environment that is more optimal (by causing more JCA and/or less PSDED) than what tends to occur naturally (or to occur currently because of culturally-promoted behaviors that are not optimal). And in order to optimize this extremely important process, he or she will specifically share and compare his or her concepts with those of others to obtain critical evaluation of those concepts, with resulting ever-increasing improvement of those concepts, and he or she will thereby contribute to the process by which our species increasingly works together toward agreement to a basic ethical philosophy for our species, ultimately to achieve a far better life on this planet than has ever occurred so far. That process is the emergence of Humanianity, the third major exponential change for our species (the first having been the development of our essentially unlimited symbolic language capability and the second having been the development our science and technology, enabling highly accurate beliefs about existence, and therefore about what are likely to be the effects of our contemplated actions).

Please note again that what is written above is not a required set of beliefs to be a Humanian. Instead, it is a set of beliefs that would seem to follow from the HUEP and from our lifetimes of observation. (The same is also true for all of what is in the other sections of this HOME page, accessible in the links at the top.) You are free to propose otherwise, namely, that the above-recommended efforts will most likely not be behaving consistently with the HUEP and/or are not consistent with observation. But it will be important for you to demonstrate why you believe as you do, and to engage in dialogue with others who believe differently, in order to reduce the possibility of misunderstanding and consequent mistake. Such dialogue is specifically available in our FORUM (link below), but is possible in any setting in which there is the interest and willingness.

HOW TO PROCEED AT THIS WEBSITE

The links along the top of this page are to all the components of this HOME page, which provides a comprehensive orientation to the concept of Humanianity and to this whole website.

The FUNDAMENTAL link may be to the most central set of ideas of Humanianity, that is, the most fundamental challenge to anyone aspiring to become increasingly Humanian.

The links along the bottom of this page are to the various components of the website.

It is recommended that you explore thoroughly the BELIEF MANUAL link below, the most central and unique component of this website, where you can participate in this important activity by building your own Belief Manual, and thereby benefit personally and model for others. The PHILOSOPHY and PODCASTS links will give some historical perspective regarding the development of the Humanianity concept, with one person's more detailed and specific proposals. The FORUM link provides the place for discussion and debate, not only with regard to any of the proposed beliefs in the Belief Manual, but also with regard to all aspects of the Humanianity concept and its development. The LINKS section should be of additional interest and help, consisting of examples, from outside of this website, of the emergence of Humanian thought currently, or of contrasting examples of non-Humanian thought for comparison, or of important, difficult ethical problems, and is a tool to aid especially in group discussions.The ANNOUNCEMENTS link will simply provide occasional alerts to significant developments within this project, including improvements of the website itself as time goes on.

It is important to recognize that, if you do indeed see the worthwhileness of this project, the most important thing you can do is build your own Belief Manual (and share and compare it with others), in that the more people who participate, the more convinced others will be that there may be value in doing the same, and that the second most important thing you can do is advocate to others that they explore and discuss these concepts. And if the project is successful, and if by virtue of your participation this third exponential change for our species occurs just a few minutes earlier than it would have, then your participation will most likely have saved quite a few lives and prevented quite a bit of tragedy over the course of the future of our species. Whether or not that does occur, working on your own basic ethical philosophy, utilizing the tools provided by this website, should be of significant value to you and those relatively close to you.

FINAL CONCLUSIONS

Humanianity is the emergence of an improvement in our species' ethics, which if it does successfully occur to a much greater extent will lead to a far better way of life on this planet than we have ever known so far. This website is just one more effort to promote that continuing emergence, perhaps making its ultimate success a little more likely and its rate of emergence a little more rapid.

But this website is also a set of tools to help any individual work more effectively on the development of an ever-improving basic ethical philosophy, that can be highly beneficial for that individual and those close to him or her.

So participation by that individual can be for two purposes, (1) to benefit himself or herself and those close to him or her and (2) to provide a sense of satisfaction and enthusiasm in knowing that he or she is participating in something very, very important for the future of our species.

With regard to this second purpose, if you wish to have any part in our effort to promote not only the survival of our species but also more joy, contentment, and appreciation and far, far less human-caused pain, suffering, disability, and early death, for everyone, now and in the future, then the first question is whether such is possible. It may or may not be possible, and if possible, the odds may be great or small. If it is possible, but the odds are low, you will have to decide whether, even if it fails, you wish to be one of those who tried, and, if it does come about, you wish to be one of those who helped to bring it about.

We do know that for it to succeed, more and more people will have to make the decision to join the effort, and for them to do so, they will tend to have to see that others are deciding to do so, this being a process sometimes referred to as a "movement."

You must try to decide wisely how to spend the minutes of your life. You know that many efforts of this sort have been flawed and unsuccessful, so you should continuously evaluate critically any and all ideas that you come across. But in addition, if something doesn't seem right, it would be best to make an effort to subject such concern to the critiquing of others, recognizing that it is easy for us to be mistaken, and that the best way to correct misunderstanding is to subject one's ideas to evaluation by others who believe differently, with the specific effort to understand why such difference in opinion exists, so as to identify anything that one may have overlooked or been prone to avoid recognizing. And this website is designed as a set of tools to assist in that effort.

Let us work together toward finally becoming empathetically identified, not only with our group(s), but with our species globally, with a strong and effective ethical concern for the benefit of everyone, now and yet to come, while working on being the best we can be to ourselves and each other, right now.