Humanism. (Humanist Profile)

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humanism is a rational philosophy informed by science, inspired by art, and motivated by compassion. Affirming the dignity of each human being, it supports the maximization of individual liberty and opportunity consonant with social and planetary responsibility. It advocates the extension of participatory democracy and the expansion of the open society, standing for human rights and social justice. Free of supernaturalism, it recognizes human beings as a part of nature and holds that values--be they religious, ethical, social, or political--have their source in human nature, experience, and culture. Humanism thus derives the goals of life from human need and interest rather than from theological or ideological abstractions and asserts that humanity must take responsibility for its own destiny.

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Majel Barrett Roddenberry 1995 Humanist Arts Awardee

We are all alien in one way or another. And those seemingly overwhelming problems are simply conditions which exist in order to draw us together. And draw together we must, for that is the only way to the future.

--Majel Barrett Roddenberry in the July/August 1995 Humanist

Majel Barrett was born on February 23, 1939, in Columbus, Ohio, and attended the University of Miami in Florida, majoring in radio, drama, and television. She appeared in various television shows in the 1950s and signed a contract with Desilu studios (the studio that later helped develop Star Trek). She appeared in television shows such as The Untouchables and Bonanza. …