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We can value the things that people have always valued.
We can value the pleasures of health and physical exertion, of sport
and recreation, the physical pleasures of good food and drink.
We can value the exercise of creativity and imagination in all their manifestations; the joys of love and friendship and close relationships and emotions; the sense of being part of a wider community, and working with others to create a better world, widening our interests beyond the limits of our own individual lives.
We can value the arts in all their forms – paintings, music, novels and poems, films and plays, which sharpen our awareness and deepen our understanding of the world and open our eyes to its beauty and significance. We can value the enjoyment of learning and the excitement of discovery, and the beauty and wonder of the natural world and other living things.
We can give full recognition to the importance of moral values, of kindness and compassion, fairness and justice, honesty and integrity, not as external obligations to which we must conform but as qualities which enrich our lives and our relationships with others. Humanists like to refer to ‘shared human values’. We need nothing more, and we can act to promote these values for the benefit of everyone.