My friend Mick wrote me the other day about his thoughts on Humanism. He said he had been playing with the concept of humanity. I liked what he wrote so much I asked him if I could share it here.
"It occurred to me recently that 'humanity' is a much more useful concept than 'spirituality'. Basically, the thing I would like more atheists to admit is that there are a lot of things, which transcend our understanding, and there always will be. But the problem with the word "spirituality" is that it suggests a definition of what that transcendence is -- i.e. spirit. A humanist, on the other hand, just says - I am facing the unknown as a human with all my limitations, but also all my amazing abilities. I do not have a God, or a lucky number 7, or any of that - just my humanity. I am willing to learn from experience.” - Mick
You can find Mick on youtube at: http://www.youtube.com/user/mickmle1 where he is known as the Fragile Atheist.