Skip to 0 minutes and 6 seconds In many parts of the world the situation is getting worse as humanists would see it. There’s been a decline in respect for human rights, especially in countries like Turkey or India or China or Russia, which have fallen victim in recent years to very nationalistic ideologies. There’s been a move away in many parts of the world, from secularism toward forms of religious extremism as governing ideologies in states; and there’s been a decline in international co-operation which runs completely counter to the humanist idea that this human species is one and that we need to work together for a better future.
Skip to 0 minutes and 42 seconds That sounds like a very gloomy situation; the world is still better than it was 200-300 years ago, but humanists certainly don’t think there’s any case for resting on their campaigning laurels. There’s a lot of work still to be done, and if constant active campaigning isn’t always done we can see how easily past achievements can be washed away.
How much work is still to be done?
Andrew Copson describes the current state of play when it comes to achieving humanist ideals in the world.