Neohumanism: A Value Base for Society
PROUT is based on an an expanded conception of humanism called "neohumanism", which derives its inspiration from an awareness of the interwoven and interdependent nature of all life and all being. When we accept that our destiny is intertwined with that of all people and of the biosphere, it becomes impossible to identify narrowly with group interests - whether they may be of a regional community, an ethnic group, a nationality, a religious group, or a race. Instead, an outlook arises in which the inherent value of all people is recognized and there is concern for the well-being of all people. And as humanity's existence is also intertwined with planetary life as a whole, neohumanism does not limit its scope to the welfare of human beings but also recognizes the existential rights and welfare of all living beings. Neohumanism provides the only viable value base for the planetarization of human culture and for a sustainable approach to development.
This booklet is a deep yet very readable introduction to the fundamentals of neohumanism.
"Neohumanism proposes universal values that are based on a comprehensive understanding of the unitary existence, of the unitary basis of all life. It presupposes that universalism is taken as the banner of the society, and not any fractionalized identity with any particular grouping, be it a national grouping, social grouping, or family grouping. Though one may have one's family, one's region, one's town and feel identified with these, though one may have one's area of work and feel identified with this, still underneath these there must be a more expansive identity which human beings establish for themselves collectively. That identity should be the universal nature of their own existence, the fundamental unity of all life. And in that identity comes the premise that all life is sacred, that all beings are parts of this integrated whole, and that, as such, the dignity and welfare of all must be preserved."