Perhaps you’ve heard someone with a Bible (or other “holy text”) in hand say something like, “This book contains everything you need to know.”
Wouldn’t that be great?
Unfortunately, I’ve read the Bible many times and it does not contain those instructions. Or how to change a tire, balance a budget, do healthy meal prep, or many other things.
However, the idea of a handbook for life–something authored by those who’ve already travelled the paths that I’m interested in or even forced to go down–has maintained its appeal. That’s why I’ve decided to create and launch this site.
At the Humanist Handbook our mission is to empower individuals to lead happy and healthy lives informed by humanist values at the personal, family, and community levels.
Don’t worry, this isn’t intended to be a new Bible. Quite the opposite in fact. By embracing the secular values of Humanism–such as the scientific method–we recognize that experimentation and critical analysis are essential if you want to understand the world around you and how to navigate it. Which is why the idea that any one way of doing something is “sacred”…well, we just don’t find that very helpful.
This blog (as well as all of the courses or other resources we create) will be products of experimentation, open to critique, updated with new information, and geared towards the world as it exists today.
Here’s what you can expect in 2020
This project is, in a word, ambitious. It’s definitely not something I could do on my own. Nor would I want to try. However, I can get the ball rolling. To that end, here’s what I’ve got planned for 2020.
Every Sunday that I’m able I plan to publish one new piece of cornerstone content. And by that I mean content that is essential to a website about Humanism. Covering topics like “What is Humanism?” and “A Brief History of Humanism” and the like. This should ensure that anyone trying to learn more about Humanism or how to live life as a Humanist should be able to find us more easily.
A Year of Dignity
Our first blog series! A deep dive into the value of Dignity. Every Wednesday, for 52 weeks, we’ll explore life with Dignity top of mind. Dignity at the intersection of sex, relationships, death, politics, work, and any other sphere of human experience we can think of. Join us!
We’ll be publishing stories of folks who “found” humanism as a viable worldview as well as their experiences of humanist community. Just to be clear, we don’t think of our worldview as something to be converted to, but we do find encouragement and a portion of wisdom in the experiences of other humanists.
Our first two courses will be free. They will function as a sort of preview of the quality folks can expect in our future premium courses as well as providing excellent value for anyone who discovers our website.
There are two broad categories of courses we plan to create: personal development courses and humanist community organizer courses.
Personal Development Course #1 – How to Create a Personal Budget
Taking control of your personal finances is one of the most empowering things you can do. The best part? It doesn’t require expensive software or online services. You can do it yourself with a simple and FREE budget spreadsheet! Learn how in this course.
Community Organizing Course #1 – How to Create a Humanist Community Website
A good website can mean the difference between a well organized and sustainable organization and one that struggles to maintain active memberships, donations, and community engagement. Learn how to create a Humanist Community Website that functions as the digital hub of a thriving community.
Premium Content Planning & Content Creator Recruitment
Throughout this year I’ll be conducting polls and surveys of site visitors and humanist communities around the world. As I discover their needs and take their requests I’ll be creating a list of content to create. And since I could never create it all myself I’ll be working to create collaborative relationships with other humanists to get all this new content created.
Honestly? I have no idea. The future of this project depends on the community that comes together around it. If there’s support for it and folks who want to work on it with me then there is nothing but potential and room to grow. I look forward to seeing where this journey takes us!
What do you think? Want to make Humanist Handbook a thing?