Over the years, my parents often tell me about the origins of what I know. Things like, why I call the remote control a “clicker”. This reminds me of the way that I am now opening myself up to the idea of humanism. Humanism has been a theme throughout my experience at OES through the liberal arts emphasis in the teaching, to trying to discover why we do the things that we do as humans. These points seem, to me, to be the main ideas of humanism- to learn and be open to new styles of learning and that this learning is in pursuit of knowledge of the nature of humans. For me, a humanistic view on the world is healthy and if we could adapt it, humans could grow more cross-culture respect.
Sierra Wagner, a girl just a few years older than me, talked to me about her views of what humanism is and how it’s applied in our society. According to Sierra,
“Our government and schools and relationships with people are directly impacted by the role of humanism that the western society was brought up with.”
She explained to me that this is being shown in America because people aren’t judged by religion or race really anymore. Rather, we as people are judged by an unspoken code of ethics that are expected of humans based on our past, present and our hopes for the future.
Like Sierra began saying, by taking ourselves out of our personal views and instead viewing the world from a human-to-human standard, we can open ourselves up to others with ease and perhaps the world can become ever more understanding. Growing up in what I view as a humanistic school, I feel secure and safe in the community because I know that my ideas will not be judged because we have been raised to respect the opinions of others. Not only that, but as McKay quotes in European society in the age of the renaissance, the ruler of Carrara stated that
“the education of children is a matter of more than private interest; it concerns the state.”
This value of education and the point he makes that it concerns all of us has been a theme throughout my education. The “we are the future” attitude embraced by the OES community puts in place that I can become a modern day renaissance man and do whatever I set my mind to.
Overall, I fully support the humanist view on life. Though I’m a Christian, I still appreciate a lot of the values that humanism brings to the table. There is nothing wrong with accepting who we are as the human race: Our flaws, our strengths, why we think what we do, and acknowledging that which we don’t know. By taking ourselves out of our lives and thinking about others for once and really making an effort to understand where people are coming from, I think if the world took a humanistic view on life, we could be a happier people.
Sierra Wagner, Senior at OES
McKay, John P. “European society in the age of the renaissance.” History of Western Society. B. (2008): n. page. Print.