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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 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).

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 DETAILED INTRO, above).

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. 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 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 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.

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 FACTS & VALUES, 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. That process is Humanianity.

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 follows below.) 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, but is possible in any setting in which there is interest and willingness. And the important new tool offered here for the purpose of working together on building a shared basic ethical philosophy is the Humanian Belief Manual.