Schopenhauer said 'humanism = animalism', and that 'morality is not of this world'. Let me define humanism in this context as a purely ethical worldview that states that the sciences, the empirical world, and usually some sort of utilitarianism as the basis for morality. Let me quote from Council for Secular Humanism
: 'We believe the scientific method, though imperfect, is still the most reliable way of understanding the world. Hence, we look to the natural, biological, social, and behavioral sciences for knowledge of the universe and man's place within it.'
In my opinion humanism is animalism for the simple fact that I would deny there to be anything called 'the human'. I would subscribe to the view that humans are part-animal part-divine, and that we either aspire to the divine, or slide backwards, and that humanism invariably is morality based on some foundation of some sort of mutual appeasement of the animal side of our nature, and disparages the religious desire to try to conquer the animal side of our nature by ascetic practices, and social values (celibacy etc).
Humanism is good to a certain degree, preventing tyranism and such, but often it gets overphilosophized.
The geneve convention prevents soldiers to take the weapon from an enemy if they do not take him hostage...:brickwall:
Can shoot the enemy with 50 cal weaponry. :brickwall:
..there are endless other stupidities in that law.
We have to lie in unworthy misery and can't end our own lifes, it's even worse than what most other terror regimes commit of crimes against humanity.
We contribute endless wealth to 3rd world contries, some are well needed and justifyed, but things like Afcrica ..have we for many decades send wealth to a buttomless pit! We need to understand we'r undermining their own self understandign. We undermine their industries, we'r creating more misery than helping out.
Stupid parents make Micheling Kids, stuffing them with candy and soft drinks, while thinking that they'r good parents, causing diabetes in the kids.
Imo it takes high IQ/RQ to be humanistic.