A New Paradigm
by Paul Kurtz
The following article is from the Secular
Humanist Bulletin, Volume 18, Number 3.
new paradigm is emerging today. This paradigm is thoroughly humanistic:
It is democratic. It emphasizes the
dignity and worth of every person; it seeks to enhance the dimensions of
human freedom; it believes in social justice, equality, and fairness; it
wishes to afford to each individual the opportunities to achieve the good
It is not the tragic dimensions of human
existence, angst, or despair that are the marks of the humanist, but the
quest for the best that we are capable of achieving-in human terms, the
bountiful life of excellence and nobility for ourselves and other human
Paul Kurtz is the executive editor of Free
Inquiry and chairman of the Council for Secular Humanism.