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Why, What, and What For, In 882 Words
HUMANISMO: Por qué, qué y para qué, en 856 palabras
Consider your biggest problems and grandest wishes.
Chance aside, doesn't solving your problems and fulfilling your wishes
depend on the actions of human beings--yourself included?
Consider the most important moments of your life, your
greatest achievements, your biggest satisfactions and enjoyments. Weren't
they the product of nature, mostly of humans as part of nature--yourself
included? Even the most transcendent mystic or religious experiences you
think you have had, don't you owe them to human beings, who have
conceived mysticism, have inculcated and don't let it vanish in you,
with influential presentations; and that make you feel accompanied in your
Or consider the worst events in your life. Again, chance
aside, haven't human beings had decisive roles in these events, either
from action or inaction? Either from force of will or no will, haven't
they even provoked some of these events outright, most probably due to a
faulty education or crooked rearing? Including the human in yourself
among those probable responsibles!
So it should be easy enough to conclude that the human
condition in the rest of the people and in yourself--the capabilities,
feelings, and actions of all of us--is the most important thing in
The Human Being is the supreme product of nature, as a result
of slow processes of interaction over millions of years. It is hard to
conceive of processes that take place over such long time periods, so many
times a human lifespan, which because of that can produce creatures and
structures so sophisticated.
Likewise, the wonderful environment we have, ideal for
our requirements, was also formed, which we can use and enjoy forever if
we do it wisely.
We are predominant in nature because we can rationally
and increasingly understand the world we are part of, and because we can
control our instinctive actions when necessary. We seek clear and
verifiable relationships between objects and phenomena, because these are
the only useful ones. We avoid those ideas that are only popular,
ancient, or products of the imagination or rhetoric. We increasingly
understand ourselves as wonderful machines, made of a huge number of
combinations of simple structures. While we research to know more and
better, we use what we already know in so much there is to do, and we seek
to spread existing knowledge, for the more of us who can use it to
contribute to progress the better.
Our brain has fundamental functions that are not part of
the rational thinking, like our emotionality, intuition, and the artistic
sensibility and creativity. All of which we cultivate in
cooperation with our rational mind.
Perhaps more important than the nature we are born with,
are the effects on us of education and other experiences interacting along
our lives. From basic skills like talking and standing upright, to
qualities like honesty and perseverance, all are fruits of education and
experience. We are like chunks of fantastic clay which can become
extraordinary creatures. Hatred, envy, greed, and gullibility, for
example, are consequences of a faulty education. To believe in the human
being includes the full appreciation of both the value of each individual
and of his or her enormous potential to be developed.
We each have our own personalities, while we combine to
form the great universal human entity. What we crave most is appreciation
from others. We are proud of the deeds, talents, virtues and beauties of
others, because they show how we are, and how much we are
capable of. The new skills and nobleness of youngsters touch us
especially, because they are proof that we are advancing and essentially
good. We revere and care for our elders, because each of them represents
an entire lifetime of human existence, contributing his or her deeds,
experience, and affection. When we fully appreciate another's human
condition, our aprehentions and underestimation that could arise because
of ethnic, economic, cultural, or gender differences are rendered
groundless. We continue to live after we die through others' use of what
we achieved and left behind.
Our judgement of right and wrong comes from thousands of
generations of human experience, coexisting with others, which teach us
what is constructive, what brings lasting good, and what does the
The social system is interwoven with our human nature.
We need to relate to others in order to lead our lives, profit from our
capabilities, and be happy. Society is nothing but a necessary,
beneficial and even vital agreement between everyone. An
agreement not imposing arbitrary constraints on us, but protecting all
from abuse, and providing for the well-being, and development, and the
most fruitful life of all of its members.
It is a magnificent reality that each of us is a fabulous
organism, with possibilities that seem boundless. Knowing how much we are
worth, knowing how important each one of us is to all the rest, and
all the rest to each of us, knowing we are both nature
and nurture, knowing our reciprocal dependence on the rest of nature,
seeing that all the other people know such vital facts, and using our
capacity to solve problems by understanding them, we will improve on the
way all of us lead our lives, and we will reach--as individuals, as
nations, and as a species--superlative levels of well-being.
1996 Rev. 97,98,04,07
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Is There a New Humanism? Comments on the New Humanism Movement.
To Believe in The Human Being
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