Humanism can mean different things to different people. Here’s a little of what it means to me...
When I was about 10, I loved the Beatles — I still do! My parents used to take me on weekend breaks to Liverpool, now one of my favourite cities. We would wander the streets visiting all the famous fab four sights. It was our very own magical mystery tour. At the Albert Docks, amongst the huge brick warehouses, was ‘The Beatles Story’ a museum dedicated to my favourite group. Inside we’d weave through the street mock-ups and exhibits, immersed in the chronicle journey of the band. It was magic!
The very last room on the tour was completely white, and in the centre sat a white piano. A song was on loop: not a Beatles song, a John Lennon song, and I expect you know it.
In that room, as a 10-year-old, I felt something different — something new. A universal truth ran through me... The lyrics of IMAGINE are what humanism means to me...
Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today
Humanism is often described as a philosophy or a life-stance. But to me, it’s more open-ended than that. It’s a question, an exploration, a discussion. It asks: how can we give shape and meaning to our lives? And, how can we do that in the one life we have?
I consider my own humanist outlook as agnostic. Humanism is non-religious but I don’t consider it anti-religious. Inclusivity and respect for others, whatever their beliefs, is key.
- Check out the amazing artist Eduardo Kobra, who painted the fantastic technicolour John Lennon at Upfest. Upfest is Europe's biggest street art festival and we're lucky enough to have it on our doorstep in Bristol :)
- Visit the Beatles Story
- A more detailed breakdown of my Humanist beliefs.
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