Understanding Humanism

Human nature, human potential

One way to illustrate the humanist approach to life is to consider our human nature and human potential. The following resources use an illustration of the Happy Human (representing the human body) to draw attention to the humanist understanding of our natural origins, our naturally evolved capacities (for reason, empathy, and agency), and what these might mean for how we live.

Illustration of the Happy Human

Notes for teachers on the Happy Human illustration and how it links to humanism

Presentation slides of the Happy Human illustration

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