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Renaissance Humanism in the Modern World

What is humanism? Is it still alive? What are the pros and cons?

Lana Baker-Cowling

on 13 January 2013

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photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli by Lana Baker-Cowling Renaissance Humanism in the Modern World Humanism is the faith in human ability. “An outlook or system of thought attaching prime importance to humans rather than divine or supernatural matters.” To be humanistic means to believe in man’s capability through reason and science, not relating to supernatural beings. Where did humanism begin? Humanism began to surface in the classical periods. During the Middle Ages, people were trying to survive and could see no way to do so themselves and looked up to God. However, during the Renaissance there was a rebirth of humanism. Is humanism still alive today? Yes, humanism is all around you! Right now, are you using technology? Are science, medicine and doctors a big part of your day-to-day life? Do you go to school? All of those things were invented by humans, to make humans progress in civilization and advance as a species. There are many modern examples of humanism visible today. For example, landing on the moon is considered to be one of the greatest achievements ever!
Click next to discover more... Modern Connections Science - Technology - Medicine and Doctors - School Cons of humanism Often, new inventions mean destruction of the natural planet as we know it - global warming is due the use of harmful gases that we use to fuel cars and make things

We get so caught up in ourselves we sometimes forget the less fortunate – i. e. less fortunate people and animals

Human's ego is boosted with every invention made which makes them believe they rule the planet (which, we have come to do) therefore ruling out the animals due to "superiority"

Man makes some dangerous things that can destroy the planet if they wanted to (guns, bombs, war machinery, nuclear bombs, etc.) Pros of humanism We are able to invent things to make the human race progress

Humans are able to cure diseases that have stopped them in the past

We can aid the less fortunate - i. e. near extinct animals and people

We are more optimising in changing things if they look bad, and therefore we do (however, it’s not always for the better!)

We can help the planet, save the animals, plants and other species What is humanism? What is humanism?

Where did it all begin?

It is still alive in the
modern day?

What are the pros and cons? The purpose of a scientist is to discover new ideas about the world. In Medieval times citizens used to accept whatever the church said. Their beliefs were limited to what they thought was God’s creation, and they did not come up with their own reasons and answers. Scientists are people that believe they can discover anything about the Earth, its people and animals if they really want to. There have been scientists that have discovered cures to what many thought could never be cured. By believing in ourselves, as scientists have done, the secrets and incredible things to discover about the world can become exposed. If you look around, you see technology. Technology has evolved over the years thanks to humans. It was not invented by one person, but a collection of people over a series of generations. Man did not wake up one day and Wi-Fi, smartphones, laptops, televisions, cars, planes, microwaves and so much more were suddenly part of their daily lives. We are so used to technology, that it is not even special or noteworthy anymore. Only with our determination and faith in our own ability have we been able to develop the foundations of today. Doctors are like scientists. They help people when they are injured, discover new things about the human body and do so much more. Nobody is really invulnerable to a disease, but doctors are there to help them overcome them using medicine. It is doctors and medicine that have helped make the Earth a healthier place to live, be and make new discoveries for the human race. Doctors and scientists work together to create medicine, which cures humans of their illnesses and diseases. In the middle ages, most citizens accepted what the church said about diseases – that it was consequence of their sins. There were not many who defied the church to discover about sicknesses themselves, and in doing so believing more in human faith than in God’s rules set forth. Without doctors and medicines the human race would not be as advanced in evolution as it is now, because we would have been held up by diseases that are in fact relatively easy to overcome, but they don’t believe they can. It is not so much a school that is a brilliant example of everyday humanism; it is more the schools’ curriculum. If we did not believe the human race could do things for themselves, then we would not learn subjects like science and maths and we would have no need to know about history and what our ancestors did, because the only thing that would concern us is what God wanted to happen. However, we do teach these things. We, as students, are taught to grow up wanting to BE things, and help the human race develop. Without education, we would be stuck in the same place, relative to evolution, forever. G Period - Social Studies 8
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