The Humanist Pledge – Shared by Praveen Talwar

The Humanist Pledge – Shared by Praveen Talwar, who received in one of those chain emails.

UPDATE: Originally written by Anita Jose,

‘Thoughts From A Secular Humanist’ at Nirmukta. 

What do you think?

The Humanist Pledge

I have no invisible authority
I am not mentally enslaved,
I am not an unworthy sinner
Who is waiting to be saved.
My actions are my own
Responsibility for which I will take,
Credit for the good and penalty for the bad
The payment for my deeds only I can make.

I’m not the innocent, confused child;
‘Humble’ messengers try to find,
I’m a skeptic with adult reasoning
Who has left Faith behind.
The answers gifted by logic and reason
Are far more appealing to me,
I keep searching for the still unknown
Not fitting baseless assumptions dishonestly.

Morality for me is not derived from an ancient book
With tiring tales of brutality and occasional verses of love,
To be good and to care for my fellow beings
I don’t need promises of gifts from above.
The knowledge and wisdom accumulated by science
Sincere and provable, without disguise,
Is what I find more comforting and reality revealing
Than ones given by power-hungry cults fighting over lies.

I’m not someone who thinks women
Compared to men, are any less,
When her right to say ‘No’ is violated
I don’t blame it on her dress.
Her body is her own, her character not just her face
Rather than a world of fear and suppression,
They deserve a better place.

Things that others do without harming anyone or you
Are reason enough to make some disgusted or depressed
But when I come to know he loves another ‘he’,
I find myself hardly distressed.
It is better to judge people based on their actions
Not for ‘what’ they are,
Whether your genes played well or decided to change the rules
All of us are equal humans, who’ve managed to come this far.

My love for this world and concern for its inhabitants

Is not restricted by any boundary line,

Whether you’re from the West and I’m from the East
We’re still on the same beautiful planet
So ought we not to get along fine?

I respect your right to believe what you want
I respect your right to choose,
But at times when what you believe and choose has a bearing on me
Don’t expect me to keep shut or not refuse.
As you read these words, if you find yourself offended
And feel that you need to complain,
I hope you’ll first pause for a second and try not to forget
How not being allowed to say it had once led our species
Into the Dark Ages of suffering and pain.

26 thoughts on “The Humanist Pledge – Shared by Praveen Talwar

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  2. superb!

    And I am going to request my friends to put this up on their FB status:

    I’m not someone who thinks women
    Compared to men, are any less,
    When her right to say ‘No’ is violated
    I don’t blame it on her dress.
    Her body is her own, her character not just her face
    Rather than a world of fear and suppression,
    They deserve a better place.

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  3. //Morality for me is not derived from an ancient book
    With tiring tales of brutality and occasional verses of love,
    To be good and to care for my fellow beings
    I don’t need promises of gifts from above.//

    Simple logic – yet, it seems more than half the planet fails to understand. Outstanding writing!

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  4. I bow down before you Praveen! You are someone with such an incredible heart I may not express my love for you. Your every single word made me fallen in love with you. Every women would feel like having such a gentleman around herself as a boy whom she may fall in love with, as a father & as a brother on whom wrist she may thread the rakhi.
    HAPPY RAKSHABANDHAN!!!🙂

    Thanks for sharing this beautiful quotes by a beautiful heart.
    God bless you both🙂

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      • Even I initially thought PT had written it himself.
        Considering the quality of his comments, I can be forgiven for believing so.
        Even if it is a mere chain mail forward, it was great to read.
        I have re-posted this in three different yahoo group email discussion lists where I am a member.
        Thanks to PT for locating this and to IHM for putting it here.
        I wish I knew who the original writer is.
        Regards
        GV

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    • Thank you indeed, G, but unlike my previous piece here, this one was not written by me.

      This was something that was sent to me by someone else (who did not write it either). I thought IHM would enjoy it, so I shared It with her and she decided to make a post out of it.

      I hope you have a fabulous Rakshabandhan to you too.🙂

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      • Sheesh, that was me, not Anonymous. No idea how WordPress came up with that.

        Pray ignore the typo in the last sentence too. I was traveling to work when I typed that out, and as you can see, I find typing much harder on a tablet keyboard.

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