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    Alternative Lectures: Humanism (Part 2)


    by WORLDwrite



    Ali Valenzuela
    Time to change our negative attitudes towards humanity and understand how we use negative experiences to improve ourselves and offer the world, and our future, a vast amount of development (knowledge, scientific development, technology etc).
    It's true; we look at the news and see war after murder after domestic abuse story. Where is the positivity? The community? The morals stuck by? Let's believe in ourselves a little bit more!
    By Ali Valenzuela2 years ago
    I must admit, that was probably one of my favourite WORLDbytes videos so far, right up there with the open borders view on the streets and “The more the Merrier“ in terms of being excellent food for thought. It’s a shame we don’t see more discussions like these in the mainstream media (especially on The Big Questions- you’d expect as much from them, though granted they do still do a better job than others). That’s the beauty of Citizen TV I suppose!

    I agree with Furedi in that certain societies (not all, that’s an unjustifiable over-generalisation) have too many people with very negative attitudes and worldviews, especially after the two world wars that effectively destroyed faith in humanity’s moral evolution, and especially when it comes to being suspicious of others. But is that surprising when you add to the mix that children are (to a certain extent rightly so) taught from a young age not to talk to strangers? Should it come to a surprise to us that, with stereotypes in the media and people living up to those stereotypes, there‘s a lack of trust in people to talk a certain way, dress a certain way and act a certain way that in some cases is justified?

    While there is an element of truth in what Furedi is saying, that’s just one side of the bigger picture, I feel.

    At least I can say this much- I’m glad I’m not the only one who sees things like Jacob Jacobson who commented below. Yes, there is what I feel to be in some cases unjustifiable, uncalled for and unnecessary negativity/pessimistic approaches to speaking about issues and resolving said issues, but the negativity alone isn’t justification to overlook these issues, especially when there are cold, hard facts to back them up. Nor do I appreciate how Furedi implies that (what I feel is perfectly rationally/financially/ethically) criticism of certain aspects of human impact is too/only negative wheres human impact is inherently positive. That may not have been what he intended in full force to say, but it’s what may come across, and I object to that. In every argument there is a multiplicity of voices. If you haven’t heard any more positivity, it’s because you’re not listening out hard enough, or at all. Though I agree that more positivity wouldn’t hurt either- much to the contrary. Humans shape their own perception of reality, y’know.

    Let’s not revert back to a romantic idealisation of human nature, or a short-term, narrow-sightedly optimistic outlook on the achievements of technology and human intellect. I think what we’re seeing now is a natural and well needed (but maybe now a bit excessive) deanthropocentralisation of people’s worldviews and toning down of humanity’s self-righteousness that is tempering our historically overinflated egos. But having said that, let’s not be too self-depricating either.

    It’s a question of not falling into either extreme. Acknowledge that humans as a whole are:

    1) neither inherently evil/selfish/embroiled in an original “sin“/moral defect, nor
    2) absolutely pure-hearted

    and any of our personal faults are “society’s fault“. We ARE society. Humans have the potential to be good, or the potential to do bad things, but that’s not to say things are simplistically black and white (e.g. bad people do bad things and good people do good things). Yes, upbringing/education etc and society’s values as a whole that can either make us stable individuals or affectionless psychopaths, but Humanism does offer a good and universal framework that everyone from every background can adopt, it’s up to us to implement its positivity.

    Here in England we’re gifted to have such a diverse capital, but we need to make the most and best out of it, learning from the best and vicariously through the worst that all of our peoples have gone through and contributed to our understanding of the global village we live in- child and criminal psychology, economics, teaching, anthropology, sociology, you name it. How about we try being only pessimistic enough and give a bit more positivity a shot?
    By dm_524aca94bfabf2 years ago
    Good lecture. We should strive for a more confident society. I think we should encourage taking risks and challenges and finding solutions to overcome them. However we should also understand that we are not born equal and rather than retreat from each other, we should try to bridge the divide.
    By svivita2 years ago