As humanists, we believe in living life to the fullest! We want to leave this planet better than we found it because we each have only one turn on the big blue ball called Earth.
But what does that look like? How do we spend our days as humanists? How do we contribute to our communities in ways that made a difference?
It’s not always easy. We humans feel deeply, anger quickly, and love capriciously. We make small mistakes and big mistakes and messy mistakes. We stay up all night when someone is wrong on the internet. We trust too few and too many. We give too much and share too little. We speak before we think and we are silent when the truth needs our voice. We are beautiful bodies of contradictions. We are perpetual works in progress.
The American Humanist Association has developed a pledge for humanists as well as secular and religious leaders to help us live our vision of peace and equality.
If you would like to join the American Humanist Association in their endeavor to create a more civil society that discourages violence, take the pledge below. If it seems like a daunting task, try adopting just one of these commitments at a time. Let us know how it goes, and remember, tomorrow is another day to live it how you dream it.
The Humanist Pledge
1. I will speak out in favor of civil discourse and against hate and violence.
2. I commit to uphold religious freedom for all people, theists and nontheists alike.
3. I will offer criticism in ways that endeavor not to dehumanize those with whom I disagree.