What is humanism?

Humanism is a world view which says that reason and science are the best ways to understand the world around us and which emphasizes that dignity and compassion comprise the basis for human interaction.

Humanism is a deity-free worldview that affirms human ability to lead ethical and meaningful lives. Humanists embrace the conviction that human beings are ultimately accountable to themselves and to society for their actions.

Humanism is best expressed as an ethical way of life. It is based on human experience and imbued with compassion for other human beings. Humanism seeks the betterment of humanity through the methods of science, democracy, and reason, without any limitations by political, social or religious dogma. Therefore, humanism supports the separation of religion from the democratic institutions of state and governance in respect of the diversity of individual belief systems. In this way, humanism is a better reflection of the rights of individuals enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The Happy Human logo is an easily recognizable symbol in the form of an abstract human jumping for joy. The original logo, featured in the top left corner, was the winning design created by an English artist in 1965 for the British Humanist Association. Various forms of the logo are used by humanist groups around the world.

Humanism is the future of our species.
— John Jackson, Humanist Officiant