Sunday, November 29, 2009


“Since you all have chosen to elect a man with a timber toe to succeed me, you may all go to hell and I will go to Texas.”
- D. Crockett

Hu-man-ism [(h)yoo-muh-niz-uh m]
1. Any system or mode of thought or action in which human interests, values, and dignity predominate.
2. Devotion to or study of the humanities.
3. (Sometimes initial capital letter) the studies, principles, or culture of humanists.
4. Philosophy. A variety of ethical theory and practice that emphasizes reason, scientific inquiry, and human fulfillment in the natural world and often rejects the importance of belief in God.

1805-15; Human + -ism.

“An outlook or system of thought attracting prime importance to human rather than divine or supernatural matters. Humanist beliefs stress the potential value and goodness of human beings, emphasize common human needs, and seek solely rational ways of solving human problems. “

“(Often Humanism) A Renaissance cultural movement that turned away from medieval scholasticism and revived interest in ancient Greek and Roman thought,”

“(Among some contemporary writers) A system of thought criticized as being centered on the notion of the rational, autonomous self and ignoring the unintegrated and conditioned nature of the individual.”

Hu-man-ist noun & adjective
Hu-man-is-tic adjective
Hu-man-is-ti-cal-ly adverb

“Provide me with a painter whom we can really trust, and I shall willingly allow myself to be portrayed on paper, canvas, or panel.”
- Heroine of Matteo Bandello to her Lover, 15th C.

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