Wednesday, February 27, 2008

21st Century Network - a new Humanist Philosophy

This is a group for those who believe that we need to develop a new form of humanism that includes people of all religions and none but who embrace humanistic values as the basis of their actions. These are values of global compassion, personal self-discovery, shared development, planetary concern and a love of community.

Started April 2007 - now has had 12 meetings and with 600 members. Not bad going even for a London based group.

Today we are living in uncertain times as war, natural disasters, famine, poverty and disease resource depletion, global warming, pollution, the effects of rampant globalisation and the fear of weapons of mass destruction all take their toll on our imagination and lives.

In such a world intolerance and chaos grows as religious fundamentalism on one hand and the excesses of globalisation on the other threaten basic human values.

21st Century Network is a movement set up to pursue the following ideas.

* To help redefine humanism so that people of all faiths and none can engage in dialogue around basic humanist principles that embrace the values of tolerance, global compassion, personal self-discovery, shared development, planetary concern and a love of community.
* To help understand that human values can only be pursued when we do not elevate human kind to a plane above all else in the universe but accept that we are part of a greater whole and that it is a respect for that greater whole that will ensure human survival and mutual understanding.
* To create a global network of people who share these views so that a world wide civic culture can develop based upon respect for tolerance as well as planetary and human diversity.

The activities of 21st Century Network will develop as the group grows and other groups form but some activities could be focussed on...

* Discussion between members both online and in actual meetings providing a forum for different cultures and faiths to form a common bond of understanding and tolerance.
* To act as a counter point to religious and secular fundamentalists who wish to impose a one-dimensional dogma on society.
* To develop activities and programmes that reflects the humanistic perspective of the group in relation to global survival, poverty reduction, community development and civic culture.
* To influence decision makers so that they champion both our principles and ideas and therefore help them become policy realities.
* To work with others who share our values and engage in joint discussion and activities.

So this is a chance to form alliances across the religious and political divide by those who believe in valuing diversity and tolerance and helping to build a global culture that is based on that.

What do you think of 21st Century Network Humanist Philosophy?

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