Humanist filmmakers, philosophers, writers, academics, broadcasters, comedians, actors and more besides have teamed up with the British Humanist Association (BHA) to launch ‘Simply Humanism’, a two-week social media campaign to promote awareness of Humanism as an ethical life stance shared by millions of people in the UK.
Contributors to the campaign include new BHA President Shappi Khorsandi, broadcaster and historian Dan Snow, director Ken Loach, comedian Sara Pascoe, actor David Baddiel, broadcaster Dr Christian Jessen, journalists Polly Toynbee and Zoe Margolis, and the philosopher A C Grayling, among various others.
The high-profile humanists, all patrons of the BHA, have contributed short quotations which sum up their responses to some of life’s big questions, such as ‘How do we live with purpose?’ or ‘How can I find happiness?’
The BHA hopes to use the graphics it shares on social media under the ‘Simply Humanism’ banner to reach hundreds of thousands of non-religious people in Britain who already look at life from a humanist point of view, but who may not have considered that their outlook constitutes a fully formed worldview – a coherent, fulfilling, and widely shared way of thinking that has a name of its own: Humanism.
BHA Chief Executive Andrew Copson commented,
‘The humanist perspective on life has always been around – there have always been those of us who view this life as the one and only life we have, who have seen science and reason as the best guides to objective truth, and who have appreciated that life’s colour and value doesn’t come from on high, but simply from our relationships with one another.
‘The BHA was founded in 1896 to advance understanding of this worldview and provide a voice for the non-religious. Even as we celebrate our 120th anniversary and find that our values have become accepted as the mainstream liberal values of the day, we know that we still have work to do to reach people whose family backgrounds or personal situations make it harder for them to express the values they hold confidently and openly.
‘We know from our experience that Humanism strikes a chord with many people when they hear of it: they suddenly realise that they have been humanists all their lives. We hope that many thousands of new people will come to that realisation as a result of this new campaign.’