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Many religious people (and even some non-religious people) say that belief in a reality without gods or other supernatural entities must be essentially negative. If there is no life after death, they say, then our present life becomes hopeless.
Humanists, though, are people who argue that a view of reality without gods can be positive and life-affirming. Life without gods means that we can focus on making human lives go better here on Earth. We must look to our own resources as individual humans, with a feeling for others, in order to solve humanity's problems.
Instead of having a view of history in which human societies needed gods as an explanation of how the world works and why and how we should treat our fellow creatures, humanists draw attention to how many human societies have become more enlightened through reason, through realising fellow feeling, prizing helping others, and aspiring to build better futures for all.