The following values has been refined and consider as tools for humanists & atheists to thrive as an individual or as a community.
None of the following are my work and are/were all found on the internet.
"All our beliefs/values are subject to change in the face of new evidence, including these."
"Be open-minded and be willing to alter your beliefs with new evidence."
“Humanism recognises that reliable knowledge of the world and ourselves arises through a continuing process of observation/investigation/research, evaluation and revision.”
I thought humanists/atheists might like these values (see the links below) I know it is not perfect but I hope it is helpful (forget the religious bit)
Feel free to add your other useful values to these list to complement ithttp://www.restorativeempathy.com/Unive ... mpathy.pdfhttp://www.rsablogs.org.uk/wp-content/u ... arrett.pdfhttp://www.restorativeempathy.com/Feeli ... mpathy.pdfhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_value
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Meaning of lifehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meaning_of_life
(scroll down for the list)https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fundamental_human_needs
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SECULAR GRACES pinched from the NSS Newslines & internet
From Reginald Le Sueur
To the Farmers and Growers,
To the Butchers and Bakers,
To the Cooks and the Caterers ;
--we give thanks for this meal.
From BHA website:
“Let us think thrice while we are gathering here for this meal. First, let us think of the people we are with today, and make the most of the pleasure of sharing food and drink together. Then, let us think of the people who made the food and drink and brought it to us, who serve us and wait on us, and who clear up and clean up after us. Finally, let us think of all the people all over the world, members with us in the human family, who will not have a meal today.”
“Good food, good meat, Sit down, let’s eat”.
“For this food we about to receive,
We thank those who produced it,
And those who transported it.
We thank those who prepared it,
And those who serve it,
And those who clean it after us.
Let us now sit down and enjoy it”.
By Paul Diamond
Some years ago a woman wrote to Ann Landers. The letter writer told how she and her husband were atheists, though they didn't make a big deal about it. At a family gathering in another state her husband was asked to say grace at dinner. He mumbled something off and let it go at that. The woman wanted Ms. Landers to tell her how to deal with this in the future without compromising their principals. Ms Landers said to pass it off, to say, "Let cousin Lem do it,” or something to that effect.
That column inspired me to compose a 'Non-Believers Grace.' I sent it to Ann Landers but, to no surprise, she never responded. I share it here for humanists and freethinkers this Thanksgiving.
A Non-Believers Grace
I offer my deepest appreciation and my most profound apologies to the plants and animals whose lives were forfeit for our good health this day.
We give thanks to the ranchers and the farmers, their workers and their hands whose skill, sweat and toil have brought forth this bounty from the Earth.
We are grateful to the workers in the fields who pick our food, the workers in the plants where our food is processed, the teamsters who carry it to market and the stockers and the checkers who offer it up for our selection.
We are particularly appreciative for those at this table who have prepared this food with love and affection for our enjoyment and nourishment this day.
We remember fondly those who the miles and circumstance keep from joining us today as we remember those who are no longer with us and are grateful for the time we have shared with them.
We enjoy the warmth and fellowship that surrounds this gathering as we share the fervent hope that people the world over can share the good fortune, warm feeling and conviviality that embraces this gathering.
We are thankful for the food on this table
We are thankful for this time together
Our thoughts go out to family and friends
We hope that they are safe and well
Let's eat/dive in.
Earth we thank you for our food,
For work and play and all that's good,
For wind and rain and sun above,
But most of all for those we love.
posted by McIntaggart at 3:39 AM on August 24, 2005 [2 favorites]
And a short meal gatha:
"We receive this food in gratitude to all beings
Who have helped to bring it to our table,
And vow to respond in turn to those in need
With wisdom and compassion."
Personally I like the idea of contemplating how much went into providing the food.
posted by mendel at 4:43 AM on August 24, 2005 [1 favorite]
My son learned this one in his Montessori school (natch), and we use it quite a bit in our agnostic home:
I am thankful for green grass under me (I am thankful/grateful )
I am thankful for blue skys over me (I am thankful/grateful )
I am thankful for good friends beside me
I am thankful for good food in front of me
and peace all over the world.
posted by Scoo at 7:09 AM on August 24, 2005
"Thank you Chicken for your meat"
posted by daver at 9:53 AM on August 24, 2005
good food, good meat, good vegetable, thank all those whose made it possible, let's eat/dive in.
We thanks all animals and plants whose have died to give us food.
Let us eat consciously, resolving by our work to pay the debt of our existence.
Also addressed to Nobody In Particular, I've said:
For the meal we are about to eat,
for those that made it possible,
and for those with whom we are about to share it,
we are thankful.
For bacon, eggs, and buttered toast
Who eats the fastest gets the most!
Earth who gives to us this food
Sun who makes it ripe and good
Dear Earth, dear Sun, by you we live
Our loving thanks to you we give.
submitted by The Reverend Nancy Robinson:
Words Fit for a Feast
We celebrate this occasion
with food from the earth.
May it fill us with fellowship
and add to our mirth.
“Before we enjoy this celebration meal, let us think for a moment of three things:
Firstly let us be mindful of those in our human family who will not be eating today.
Secondly let us be aware all our fellow human beings who made this feast possible. Those who grew, transported and made our meal, and those who serve and clean up after us.
Finally, let us make the most of the grand company we share today. May we leave this table fulfilled in body, mind and heart.”
Nov 28, 2013 at 4:27 pm
That wasn’t meant to be an “offering”… just an observation.
Here’s a Thanksgiving secular grace I cooked up for tonight’s dinner:
We are grateful for the presence of those we love, for all the events and circumstances
which have made it possible for us to be here.
We are thankful for this food, for those who planted, grew, provided and prepared it.
We stand in awe-struck gratitude for the countless millions of stars which, by exploding,
provided the elements which make up everything we are and all we know.
We hope that, in the fullness of time, all peoples everywhere will have the bounty we are
grateful for today.
Living as a Humanist
Humanism as a life stance is comprehensive touching on every part of our lives, for those who call themselves Humanists it provides meaning, purpose and a framework for making ethical life choices. Most Humanists would indentify with at least some of the following principles and elements:
1. Humanism is a naturalistic philosophy and thus rejects belief in supernatural beings or principles.
2. Humanists rely on the scientific method, reasoning and critical thinking to form beliefs and opinions. We hold that gaining knowledge is a continuing process reliant upon observation/investigation/research, evaluation and revision.
3. We uphold the right to individual freedom, autonomy and privacy, so long as the rights of others are respected.
4. We consider other members of the human family as equal in dignity and value.
5. We believe we should act in a fair, just and honest way towards others, respecting their right to live peaceful, healthy and productive lives.
6. Humanists hold that a democratic and secular government is best suited to respecting the pluralistic and diverse nature of our society and fostering individual freedom.
7. We are committed to the use of reasoned argument and peaceful adjudication in settling conflict.
8. We oppose discrimination based on gender, sex, race, ethnicity or system of belief.
9. Many Humanists believe that whenever possible we should endeavour to minimise the suffering of animals.
10. We recognise the importance of sustaining the natural ecosystem and protecting the biosphere and environment from degradation and destruction.
The following ethical principles should in general be promoted:
1. Abstaining from conduct injurious to life and the physical well-being of persons.
2. Abstaining from the theft and the damaging of property of others
3. Abstaining from sexual violence and misconduct
4. Abstaining from falsehood, fraud and deception
5. Abstaining from drunkenness, narcotics, mind bending drugs and gambling
6. Fidelity: Keep your promises and agreements
7. Life is all about reducing/avoiding pain & suffering, and find more pleasure, happiness for yourself & others too if possible
8. 'Treat other people as you'd want to be treated in their situation;
don't do things you wouldn't want to have done to you.'
Humanism, British Humanist Association, 1999 CE
9. 'If it harms no one/none, do what you will.'
The Wiccan Rede, 1975 CE
10. 'Do as you would be done by.'
11. "Hard ethical decisions are not about whether harm will happen, but about where it will fall." The Pagan Federation
12. "Question everything"
13. "All our beliefs are subject to change in the face of new evidence, including these."
"Be open-minded and be willing to alter your beliefs with new evidence."
“Humanism recognises that reliable knowledge of the world and ourselves arises through a continuing process of observation, evaluation and revision.”
14. "Combined, freedom from pain and freedom from fear are happiness in its highest form"
15. The Golden Rule has been part of the teachings of many societies and religions, as well as Humanism. There are different versions of it but they all mean the same thing. These are some of them:
· Do as you would be done by.
· Treat other people as you would like to be treated yourself.
· Don’t treat others as you wouldn’t like to be treated.
· You should always ask yourself what would happen if everyone did what you are doing
16. Free thinking
17. Balance personal rights with social duties (Balance your personal interests with community interests)
science & the arts (singing/dancing ...etc)
to enrich life
to serve life
problems solving skills
support sex education for the under 16
quality of life
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Council for Secular Humanism
According to the Council for Secular Humanism, within the United States, the term "secular humanism" describes a world view with the following elements and principles:
.Need to test beliefs – A conviction that dogmas, ideologies and traditions, whether religious, political or social, must be weighed and tested by each individual and not simply accepted by faith.
.Reason, evidence, scientific method – A commitment to the use of critical reason, factual evidence and scientific method of inquiry in seeking solutions to human problems and answers to important human questions.
.Fulfillment, growth, creativity – A primary concern with fulfillment, growth and creativity for both the individual and humankind in general.
.Search for truth – A constant search for objective truth, with the understanding that new knowledge and experience constantly alter our imperfect perception of it.
.This life – A concern for this life (as opposed to an afterlife) and a commitment to making it meaningful through better understanding of ourselves, our history, our intellectual and artistic achievements, and the outlooks of those who differ from us.
.Ethics – A search for viable individual, social and political principles of ethical conduct, judging them on their ability to enhance human well-being and individual responsibility.
.Justice and fairness – an interest in securing justice and fairness in society and in eliminating discrimination and intolerance.
.Building a better world – A conviction that with reason, an open exchange of ideas, good will, and tolerance, progress can be made in building a better world for ourselves and our children.
A Secular Humanist Declaration was issued in 1980 by the Council for Secular Humanism's predecessor, CODESH. It lays out ten ideals: Free inquiry as opposed to censorship and imposition of belief; separation of church and state; the ideal of freedom from religious control and from jingoistic government control; ethics based on critical intelligence rather than that deduced from religious belief; moral education; religious skepticism; reason; a belief in science and technology as the best way of understanding the world; evolution; and education as the essential method of building humane, free, and democratic societies.
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Grateful without God: A secular Thanksgiving
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""But since Kaiser began identifying as an atheist in college, her mother has introduced “Quaker grace” at the Thanksgiving table — a moment of silence in which Kaiser says she tries to clear her mind and enjoy the presence of those she loves.
“I really like that,” Kaiser said. “It seems a lot more open and accepting than a lot of traditions.”
“An Atheist Benediction” by Adam Lee
“As we come together to share this meal, let us first remember how it came to us and be thankful to the people who made it possible.
This food was born from the bounty of the Earth, in warm sunlight, rich earth and cool rain.
May it nourish us, in body and mind, and provide us with the things that are good for living.
We are grateful to those who cultivated it, those who harvested it, those who brought it to us and those who prepared it.
May its consumption bring about the pleasures of friendship, love and good company.
And as we partake of this food in each other’s company,
as what was once separate from all of us becomes part of each of us,
may we also remember what we have in common and what brings us all together.
May this sharing of food foster peace and understanding among us,
may it bring us to the recognition that we depend on each other for all the good we can ever hope to receive,
and that all the good we can hope to accomplish rests in helping others in turn.
May it remind us that as we reach out to others to brighten their lives,
so are our lives brightened in turn.”
From Jennifer Beahan:
“We give thanks to Nature for all it has provided us.
For Family and Friends who walk with us throughout the years.
We give thanks for those who have touched our hearts and made us smile.
We give thanks to those who have alleviated suffering,
Who have championed a cause,
For those who have resisted unjust laws,
Who have fought against oppression and injustice, and have fought for the freedoms we enjoy.
We give thanks for those who have sacrificed their lives to make our world a better place to be.
We give thanks for those who have advanced our understanding of medicine and science.
Who have helped explain the workings of the Universe.
We give thanks to those who have applied paint to canvas in a way that stirs feelings deep within us,
Who have composed songs which make our spirits soar,
To all the people – past, present and future – who strive to better our world and make life worth living, to these people, we give our highest praise and our endless thanks.” ""
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Examples of secular ethical codes
The Humanist Manifestos are three manifestos, the first published in 1933, that outline the philosophical views and stances of humanists. Integral to the manifestos is a lack of supernatural guidance.
Girl Scout lawThe Girl Scout law is as follows:
I will do my best to be
honest and fair,
friendly and helpful,
considerate and caring,
courageous and strong, and
responsible for what I say and do,
respect myself and others,
use resources wisely,
make the world a better place, and
be a sister to every Girl Scout.
United States Naval Academy honor concept"Midshipmen are persons of integrity: They stand for that which is right.
They tell the truth and ensure that the full truth is known. They do not lie.
They embrace fairness in all actions. They ensure that work submitted as their own is their own, and that assistance received from any source is authorized and properly documented. They do not cheat.
They respect the property of others and ensure that others are able to benefit from the use of their own property. They do not steal."
Minnesota PrinciplesThe Minnesota Principles were proposed "by the Minnesota Center for Corporate Responsibility in 1992 as a guide to international business activities":
1.Business activities must be characterized by fairness. We understand fairness to include equitable treatment and equality of opportunity for all participants in the marketplace.
2.Business activities must be characterized by honesty. We understand honesty to include candor, truthfulness and promise-keeping.
3.Business activities must be characterized by respect for human dignity. We understand this to mean that business activities should show a special concern for the less powerful and the disadvantaged.
4.Business activities must be characterized by respect for the environment. We understand this to mean that business activities should promote sustainable development and prevent environmental degradation and waste of resources.
Rotary Four-Way TestThe Four-Way Test test is the "linchpin of Rotary International's ethical practice." It acts as a test of thoughts as well as actions. It asks, "Of the things we think, say, or do":
1.Is it the truth?
2.Is it fair to all concerned?
3.Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
4.Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Military codesSee also: Ranger Creed
As the United States Constitution prohibits the establishment of a government religion, US military codes of conduct typically contain no religious overtones.
West Point Honor CodeThe West Point honor code states that "A cadet will not lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate those who do." The non-toleration clause is key in differentiating it from numerous other codes.[
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1. To enable people of like mind to meet, socialise and share common interests.
2. To promote a rationalist and scientific approach to the resolution of the worlds great issues in an open and tolerant society.
3. To encourage society to question superstitious belief and any related customs which damage or undermine our society (e.g. sectarianism, indoctrination and intimidation).
4. To work towards the ending of religious bias in the media, in law and in government, and the ending of religious indoctrination in schools.
5. To represent Humanist (BH) opinion throughout the UK area to local politicians, the local media, and the general public
6. To promote the development of Humanism throughout society through education and free and open discussion and debate.
7. To support the wider aims of Humanists everywhere through the British Humanist Association (BHA)
8. To defend the rights of those who risk intimidation and violence from religious groups when they criticise religions or religious practices.
9. To defend those who suffer intolerance and discrimination because of race, gender, social and economic class, age, sexuality, disability or philosophy.
10. To encourage respect for other living things in our World based on the understanding that other animals we share our world with are not things, but fellow creatures who can suffer if treated with cruelty.
11. To recognise that we share our planet with all living people and all our foreseeable descendants, and accordingly to exercise and encourage responsible stewardship of all natural resources.
What is a Humanist Group for?
• An alternative church? • A secularist pressure group? • A talking shop?
• A pillar of the community? • A community hub? • Humanist/atheist evangelism?
What are its functions and what can we learn from our competitors?
• A community for the non-religious? • Forum for public debate? • Library?
• Chaplaincy and counselling/pastoral services? • Ceremonies?
• Courses on human flourishing (a ‘school of life’?) • Youth group?
• Charity fundraising? • Food bank? • To counter evangelism?
• “Celebration of life”? • Choirs, singing and readings? • Socialising?
• Facilitating the teaching of Humanism in schools (eg via RE)?
• Inclusion in Remembrance services?
What ‘infrastructure’ does a Humanist group need?
• Mission statement • Aims • Constitution and membership structure
• Affiliation/partnership with BHA • Somewhere to meet • A committee
• A programme of events • Promotional leaflets • Regular newsletter or bulletin
• Website, facebook etc • A Humanist course • Trained leaders? • A building?
• A gazebo/tent? • GRAM • International links/twinning
• Links with ‘kindred spirits’ (Unitarians, liberal Jews, Quakers, atheist groups, skeptics, Fabians, science groups, green groups, student humanist groups)
• Dialogue (aka ‘interfaith’)