The Essence of Generic Humanism.
Amongst the various types of organizational and theoretical forms of humanism, the most essential attitude toward life rests on three pillars:
1) Rationality - which means the development of the ability to think in terms of reality. It is the opposite of illusionary, fictitious thinking.
2) Love - which represents the major source of life and gives meaning to it. It includes compassion and social feeling and is the opposite of the widely prevailing religion of narcissism, sado-masochism and collective sacro-egoism. One of the prerequisites for developing a loving personality is a concept of wholesome functional human sexuality.
3) Intuitive Awareness - which is the ability to perceive correctly and reach correct conclusions without having the necessary facts at hand. Since life consists to a large extent of the unknown, intuitive awareness (intuition) is a precious faculty in humanist decision-making and growth.
Important work done by the psychoanalyst Ruth Cohn has shown that through the application of the dialogical process any person can cultivate intuitive awareness. Among the elements determining intuition, the following are of prime importance: 1) clarity of perception, 2) accumulation of experience, 3) trained thinking and 4) unblocked and alert emotions.
Thus membership in a humanist organization or self-identification as such does not make a person a humanist. Only to the degree one develops the above qualities within oneself is he or she a humanist.
The uniqueness of the Church of Humanism lies in its theocentric religious naturalism. Since reality in its ideal form, reflects the humanist meaning of God, it is a God-concept that can be accepted by rational and scientifically thinking people. The devotion to nothing less than the highest and best, to that which intrinsically enhances the quality of life, and helps advance the values and actuality of freedom, justice and peace, is the basic orientation of authentic humanism.