Humanism is an approach to life based on reason and our common humanity. Humanists recognise that moral values are properly founded on human nature and experience. Our decisions are based on the available evidence and our assessment of the outcomes of our actions, not on any dogma, superstition or sacred text. It requires us to think and be open-minded. There is no divine book of rules, no set way of doing things, no complicated ritual to observe.
Humanism encompasses atheism and agnosticism but is an active and ethical philosophy far greater than either of these viewpoints.
Humanists believe in individual rights and freedoms, but believe that individual responsibility, social cooperation and mutual respect are just as important.
Humanists believe that people can and will continue to find solutions to the world's problems so that quality of life can be improved for everyone.
Humanists are positive, gaining inspiration from our lives, art and culture, and a rich natural world.
Humanists believe that we have only one life; it is our responsibility to make it a good life, and to live it to the full.
The Malta Humanist Association is an organisation for all those who would like to see secularism and rationality become more the norm in Malta. The debate on the moral and ethical issues that our society faces should no longer be dominated by religious bigotry and close-mindedness but should be governed by rational, scientific and humanist principles. We hope that this organisation can act as a platform for like-minded people to network, express and share their views, and help promote Humanism and support people who seek to live good lives without the unnecessary props of religious or superstitious beliefs.