Humanists Doing Good tries to lead by setting positive examples for others to follow. Doing good deeds for others is a huge portion of what we're about, but it certainly is not everything. As we operate we expect our members to be compassionate, rational, generous and good-natured in all that they do. We encourage critical thinking and questioning minds. However, it can be tempting to become snide and snarky about arguments or people that are disagreed with. We stress to our members that this goes against the basic beliefs of Humanism and that Humanists should endeavor to treat others with respect and dignity. Our members should refrain from derogatory, degrading and dehumanizing language and actions at all times.
We acknowledge that there is plenty of ostracism, bigotry and prejudice in the world and members of Humanists Doing Good may sometimes find themselves on the receiving end of it. The strongest counter to any such rubbish is likely to be simply living a good life, setting positive examples, doing good for others, living with strong ethical standards, and being a rational and compassionate individual. Eventually as more and more Humanists make their presence known and live in such a manner, it becomes more and more ludicrous for any hateful arguments or prejudices to have any traction whatsoever. When Humanists continually do good, live well, and struggle for just causes, the truth eventually prevails and becomes known. Looking through history, people have continuously been victims of various prejudices and falsities, but the truth is stubborn about leaving evidence and arguments which eventually changes the minds of even the most stalwart defenders of falsity.
The golden rule applies perfectly to Humanists of all varieties. Treat others as you would like to be treated and things tend to work out nicely. Do good deeds for others that you would like to have done for you if you were in their shoes. Humanism is about embracing the best aspects of humanity and helping them flourish. These are things we expect of members of Humanists Doing Good.
"Humanism believes that the individual attains the good life by harmoniously combining personal satisfactions and continuous self-development with significant work and other activities that contribute to the welfare of the community." -Corliss Lamont