First of all, we must understand the concept of humanism. What do people think when they hear something about humanism? Humanism is really about understanding the meaning of life. Humanist people claim that humanism is a sort of life which has no supernaturalism affects, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead meaningful by shaping our own lives. This definition is absolutely fair enough to understand the philosophy underlying humanism. If we want to extend the aspects of humanism, we may look at the movie which name is Elizabethtown certainly expressing the ideas of humanism with its performances of actors and actresses. This movie has spectacular example for seeing the humanism context easily. I am not a supporter of humanism, but I appreciate some strong ideas that really matters for human happiness and considers about dignity of people’s life in some extent. I strongly agree with the idea that focused upon human means for comprehending reality and pursuit of knowledge.
Man has an internal, natural, drive to become the best possible person he can be. This is the way human racism continues to the life. Humanism has got intensive points which named as self-actualization. ‘‘Religious humanism considers the complete realization of human personality to be the end of man’s life seek its development ’’ (2). It means that man has basic, needs that have to be fulfilled in order to be free enough to feel the desire for the higher levels of realization. Expanding the idea, man has to realize his skills, dreams, desires, and ambitious. For instance in Elizabethtown, Drew is a talented shoe designer in a big company that earns lots of money each year. His life seems very comfortable when you watch the movie. Suddenly he heard that his father is dead. However, this incident made his mother to wake up and see the reality of live. This is the time that she will try to fulfill her dreams. She realized that she was living for nothing after her husband died. She wants to fix cars, goes to take some lessons for dance and tries to cook. This example proves that every human being would like to be a happy person, in addition to this; people can be happy if they achieve their real aims. Listen to your own tastes and find out who you are, what you are, what you like and don’t like.
Do you think that all the people love their life? Another important thing in humanism is to realize that life is worth living. Loving life demonstrates that morality is a matter not of divine revelation or social convention or personal opinion. Tree of Life says that ‘‘There is nothing ultimate or absolute beyond the living of life fully ’’ (14). Life is worth living because humanism supports the idea that there is no afterlife if you are a dead person. We have to share our lives within this world. Nothing can be more valuable than this life. The main purpose for living this life should be tasted in every moment for every individual. There is a clear example in the movie of Elizabethtown including the story of Drew. He tries to commit suicide because of loosing one billion dollars in the firm but cannot achieve it with the pitiful news coming from his sister. He wants to bury his father in their hometown. He met the other important character in the name of Ellen showed way to Drew how he can be a happy person in spite of fiasco in the company and death of his father. Ellen was a girl that life is really desirable and bright. She is the girl revealed Drew that every day is not same as other days, each day has a different and interesting tastes that he has to experience. She demonstrated him to that life is a long trip that we generally look at the same aspect. Therefore, she reminds him to the reality of life and says: ‘‘ You failed, you failed… ’’(Elizabethtown). Therefore, this situation helped him to understand the meaning and values of life. Loving life will be meaningful for every person if they know the values in life that they have.
Either monotheism or humanism always supports the notion that related human talents and creativeness. It necessarily what society expects from individuals. It does not matter which religion you are part of it. However, humanism never looks the results just reasons but if you are a part of religion that includes theism, you should take into account results. Humanist Manifesto II stated that ‘‘while there is much that we do not know, humans are responsible for what we are or will become ’’ (4). It means that people can determine the absolute and right decision for their own. Humanist belief really defends that monotheism has some barriers to human progress and humanism has meaning without imposing ritual obligations or prescribing beliefs about the supernatural. If you have some restrictions in this world, you cannot easily decide whether it is right or wrong for you. In addition, humanism just care about the happiness of person even if commit a suicide because in this point individualism and religion of humanism concept can support each others clearly. To illustrate it, Drew’s cousin is a talented rocker with his gripping metal group. But he is doing a job contains computer stuff. His father thinks that he is not a good father. However, he has no limit about his behaviors to his son. He makes his decision for his own sake. People who critically analyze and evaluate all available information, making decisions, including those involving their belief systems, based on thought, facts and reason are the supporter of humanist belief in terms of religion and individualism. There is no word such as destiny or fate in the humanist ideas.
To conclude, humanism suggested that every human can live his or her life freely in every aspects even sexual proclivity. However, theism certainly has some strict rules according to divine laws. These holy books inhibit numerous harmful things for peoples’ life.
To sum up, self-actualization, loving life and making your own decisions are the basic concepts of humanism. The other main purpose of humanism is to maintain peace all over the world, which monotheism makes the same thing as humanism does. These religions may be seen separated but lots of vital points have same aim in terms of happiness, solidarity and peace. On the other hand, humanism and monotheism is really different if we look at the aspect of fate and destiny. In fact, no one can prove the difference between destiny and decision.