‘Tolerance, good temper and sympathy - they are what matter really.’
E M Forster (1879-1970) essayist and novelist

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  1. Why are we here?
  2. Is death the end?
  3. Without a God, or religion, are we not just materialists?
  4. Without a God, or religion, why should we care about anything?
  5. Without a God, or religion, what can we value?

Without a God, or religion, are we not just materialists?

Humanists are sometimes accused of being ‘materialists’. This word is ambiguous. If people mean by ‘materialist’ someone who ultimately values only the possession of money and material goods, then humanists are no more likely to be materialist than anyone else.

Of course, a person must have a certain level of material comfort in order to live a happy life, but humanists typically value many things other than material prosperity and have a kaleidoscope of values. They may value the natural world, fellow feeling, loving intimacies, family and friends, the qualities of toleration, fairness, compassion, play and humour.



 

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