by bobsrobs on September 8, 2015 - 10:51pm
No life after death
BY: Robert Gumpert
For the humanist tradition class I am taking, I have to write a blog about an example of humanist activism which deepens my understanding of the links between the intellectual tradition of humanism and the practice of modern day humanists.
In the British Humanist Association website I learnt about some of the ideals associated with modern humanism. Such as humanists believe in :
-regards for human beings and human nature.
-ideals based on reasoning and science .
-equal treatment of all persons regardless of their faith or religion.
The humanist tradition provides a concept that life can be valuable even without religion.
Modern humanists base their beliefs on humanist philosophers beliefs that are briefly covered in the book Thinking about death by Peter Cave.
Humanist philosophers, of the intellectual tradition are basically non religious, they accept the concept of atheism, meaning the belief that no God exists. And they believe there is no life after death.
The topic I choose to blog on is the controversial topic of assisted dying, which is one of the examples of human activism which the British Humanist Association is actively pursuing to obtain legislation for.
My critical question that needs exploring is.
How do I reconcile the fact that I believe in assisted dying , but as a Catholic , I still think and believe that there is life after death.
So, I believe in the human nature having a soul which empowers people to be good natured and to question how ethical human behavior should behave facing different and difficult situations that need resolving, which is very similar to the humanistic regard for human beings and human nature, and the equal treatment of people.
I believe that if a person has lost quality of life or is in a terminal illness situation human compassion could allow for assisted dying to let people pass with some level of dignity, when the end is in sight and inevitable .
In my next blog, I would like to explore the similarities and conflicts of my critical question.