New Humanist

About New Humanism

For the first time in human history the world has become interconnected: every country is connected with another country, every continent with another, cultures and peoples are in constant dynamic and friction. And with the increase of mass communication and technology everything keeps accelerating. But the personal and social development of the human being hasn’t matched this scientific development. We can see it expressed in the perpetuation of violence, in the persistence of poverty, and in the lack of any coherent new social, political or cultural models.
The fundamental points of the Humanist Attitude:

  • Placing the human being as the central value and concern, in such a way that nothing is above the human being and no human being is above another.
  • Affirming the equality of all human beings./li>
  • Recognizing personal and cultural diversity, affirming the characteristics proper to each human group and condemning discrimination, whether motivated by economic, racial, ethnic, or cultural differences.
  • Developing knowledge beyond the limitations imposed by prejudices accepted as absolute and immutable truths.
  • Affirming the freedom of ideas and beliefs.
  • Repudiating violence in all its forms.
The human aspiration of the majority of people on the planet is not reflected in any social form.

What happened to world peace?

Where are the equal rights for all promised in the 1948 Declaration of Human Rights?

Where is the real democracy flourishing?

At the same time, there is a growing rejection of the old system of values and beliefs, and a yearning for a new way of perceiving the world and of relating with others. This site should help you to understand how we can take advantage of the fantastic opportunity offered by this historical moment.In the late 1960’s a current of thought known as New or Universalist Humanism developed from a small group of study based upon the teaching and writings of Silo (the pen name of Argentinean thinker Mario Rodriguez Cobos). New Humanism is characterized by an emphasis on the humanist attitude (see). It maintains that in all cultures, in their most creative moment, this humanist attitude has pervaded the social environment. Adherents of New Humanism seek to contribute to the improvement of life and to confront discrimination, fanaticism, exploitation, and violence. In a world that is rapidly becoming globalized and showing signs of intensifying collisions between cultures, ethnic groups, and regions, they propose a universal humanism that is both plural and convergent.

The project of “Humanizing the Earth” has been proposed by Silo through books such as Humanize the Earth, Letter to my Friends, and Contributions to Thought, as well as in many speeches, conferences, and public talks. His work in turn has inspired the Humanist Movement, a grassroots social-change movement whose hundreds of thousands of adherents work through social/political/cultural organizations and action fronts in 110 countries; and the Community of Silo’s Message. Everything that has been developed over the past 40 years has always moved in the same direction: to change the world as we know it, and to create the conditions for the construction of the Universal Human Nation.

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