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Why Humanism in Trinidad and Tobago?

A humanist perspective is crucial for any people who want their country to be peaceful, stable, and progressive.

Humanist tenets are based on the principles of rationality, ethics, tolerance, and compassion. We believe that if we apply these tenets to our politics, social policies, and economic programmes, it will help to draw us back from the abyss of accelerating murders, spiralling poverty, and incompetent politics. We can only effectively meet these challenges on the basis of reason and common humanity.

Humanists hold that the problems of the world must be tackled with the tools of the world. In analysing policy matters, we draw upon relevant scientific theories, reliable research, and available data. Where policy decisions require a moral dimension, we apply ethical reasoning– i.e. a moral argument based on logic and evidence and compassion.

We believe that this approach, although it takes more patience and more work than the vikey-vie responses which characterise our culture, is more effective in the long run.

Our traditional habits of mind have not served us well in the project of creating a just and harmonious society. Trinbagonians have become disillusioned and apathetic about our ability to solve our own problems. As a result, many of us are pessimistic about the possibilities of our society.

We need a new approach, a new perspective, a new ethos. The humanist philosophy embraces everyone who believes in rational thought and ethical principles, and who is willing to be active in the services of these principles.

"Ethics are principles derived from reason and observation and based on the view that we should treat others as we would wish to be treated and that our actions should cause no harm to others."

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