Humanistic Parenting Survey Results
I posted this survey to get a better idea of what Humanist and Humanistic oriented parents are interested in. This was not a scientific survey, it was just a way to get more information that might be of use to those of us who are Humanist parents or who are interested in helping Humanist and Humanistic parents, as I am, raise their kids.
There were 70 respondents. 95% of which are parents. There were a couple of grandparents who responded and two who were not yet parents. 75% of the parents are raising kids younger than 5 yrs of age. 12% have kids 6 – 9 and another 13% have kids 10 to adult, which leads me to think that the parents who are looking for help are the parents with the youngest kids. Again, not a scientific poll, so it’s just a guess.
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I am of course referring to the 3 laws of robotics made famous by Humanist Isaac Asimov. I wanted to write about this because of critiques against Humanism being a situational ethics system – as opposed to an absolute system. All ethic systems have a set of values or rules. Humanist ethics are pretty simple. If it helps, it is good. If it hurts, it is bad. If it does both, try to do the most good and the least harm. Humanists are anti-dogma. We believe that all ethic systems should be held situational-ly because even with the best intentions, absolute ethics cause harm. Granted, holding your value system absolutely does save you the nasty problem of having to think for yourself and you can consider yourselve absolved of guilt if things go poorly if you consider your values absolute which is probably why some people cling to the idea of absolute ethics.
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