“Human decency is not derived from religion. It precedes it.” ― Christopher Hitchens
Today, the British Humanist Association (BHA) has launched a month long social media campaign to raise awareness of Humanism.
At the centre of the ‘That’s Humanism!’ campaign are four short animated YouTube videos narrated by Stephen Fry. They each give a humanist response to a ‘big question’:
How do we know what is true?
What should we think about death?
What makes something right or wrong?
How can I be happy?
Taken from the BHA website, Andrew Copson, CEO of the British Humanist Association has this to say:
‘Most non-religious people are happy and secure living ethical and fulfilling lives on the basis of reason and humanity. To them we are simply reaching out, letting them know that there is a word for what they believe and an organisation of people that shares their values.
‘For some others, our message is more serious. Many people without religious beliefs can lack confidence. Perhaps they have had a religious upbringing and, having moved away from it, are now not sure where to find meaning in this life and values to live by. Maybe they are still embedded in family or community surroundings which are inhospitable to their beliefs. Perhaps they have lived quite happily without really needing to think about these issues for many years but now new circumstances have brought these issues out: the need to think about the education of a new child, experience of bereavement, or just the coming of an introspective moment in the course of their own lives. To these people we are offering comfort, a way of thinking about life that will fit with their own non-religious approach, and the knowledge that their deepest beliefs, though perhaps unsystematic and implicit, are coherent and respectable. These beliefs have a name – humanist. They are the beliefs of millions of people in this country and worldwide, they have inspired some of the greatest men and woman for thousands of years.
‘We know from our experience that Humanism strikes a chord with many people when they hear of it – they suddenly realise that they have been humanists all their lives – and we hope that many thousands of new people will come to that realisation as a result of this new campaign.’