Why is Humanism so important from the Renaissance until now? I think it is essential to all the humans because it provides strong supports for the individuals that influenced the social. In the article, “The New Humanism”, by David Brooks that I read, emphasizes that the reliance on an overly simplistic view of human nature brings failure. I agree with Brooks that the way of judging people only by others by their test scores, GPA, and SAT scores don’t tell everything about them. But since the humanism is to be a “Perfect Human” it is easier to tell whether that person is talented and capable of doing things or not by looking at those factors.
Brooks criticizes the world in nowadays that people only look at people’s materials as degrees, and status but not their emotions as looking at character or relationships with others. Brooks gave an example of people judging a student by looking at his or her SAT score but not looking at their personality, which Brooks claims that people are not following the humanism these days. This simple view of human nature makes people to be good about “material things but bad at talking about emotion” (Brooks). Brooks suggests the new humanism that our view of ourselves should change.
I learned that Renaissance was the time when people started to understand human nature rather than looking to the classics to reveal God. It led humanists to emphasize the importance of the individual. This supports Brooks opinion because he stresses that modern people don’t look at the individual’s “personality, uniqueness, genius, capabilities, and talents” as the individualism is underlined. Grades don’t show what a person is capable of doing something or if that person is talented in specific area.
Humanism is the positive affirmation that human beings can find from within themselves the resources to live a good life without a religion. So, I don’t think it’s following the humanism when the scores and grades are more necessary than the other important things that show the individualism.
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