Humanism & Light

A set of texts written by renowned masons who offer you affordable, clear and impactful writing on a set of subjects often treated in the Lodge. The aim here is to work to develop the spirit of the Enlightenment and propose a perspective of progress in the 21st century, to share texts and reflections to build a humanism and ethics for today and tomorrow.
How can we envisage a unifying humanism and a new era of Enlightenment?

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The aim of the authors speaking on “Humanism and Enlightenment” is to work towards an awareness of universal values, common to all men and capable of bringing them together. “Humanism and Enlightenment” therefore aims to disseminate reflections on civic morality, capable of constituting today's humanist thought, open to the future and to the universal; and in this spirit the texts presented here strive to shed light on the societal issues posed by our time and for the future, at national, European and global levels.
Respect for absolute freedom of conscience, excluding all dogmatism in matters of metaphysical conceptions, the foundation of secularism in society, is the basic principle common to all the authors speaking on this site.

It should be noted that absolute freedom of conscience leaves everyone the right to cultivate their own metaphysical references, to practice a religion of their choice or to practice none, that it recognizes the freedom to believe in God and in the immortality of the soul, as well as the right to deny the existence of God and to claim that the soul deteriorates at the same time as the body to die out with death... In other words, every human being has the right to be an atheist or agnostic, as much as to have and practice a religion.

Respect for absolute freedom of conscience therefore leaves everyone the choice of their metaphysical conceptions. But in return, it excludes intolerance, it obliges everyone to recognize this freedom in others and consequently to never seek to impose their own conceptions of things and life, nor the symbols which characterize them.

This principle also leads to the acceptance of the debate on the different ways of conceiving answers to the major metaphysical questions, without ever making it a personal question; the debate must in no way call into question the individual and his freedom, it can only focus on philosophical, cultural or other arguments, likely to explain or justify the different metaphysical conceptions confronted.

With the principle of secularism accepted, how can we envisage a unifying humanism and a new era of Enlightenment for the 21st century?

The Enlightenment of Islam by Kalife Michel


Historians of the Middle Ages recognize that it was in Arabic that the most advanced science in the world was expressed from the 9th century to the 13th century. And Arab scholars were the first to publish books with paper sheets to replace papyrus scrolls. This technological advance contributed to accelerating the circulation of knowledge in the Abbasid empire which shone through its philosophical, religious and scientific reflection...


What do we mean by “ethics of care”? What are the problems? How do they awaken a sense of the Humanist ideal?
Its origins: where does it come from?
It comes to us from Reagan's America, in the 1980s, when the Welfare State in the aftermath of the Second World War was being dismantled. This tear is for the benefit of a financial capitalism supposed to regulate itself. It is part of a general current of ideas, a return to “human value” in a world where everything becomes a commodity, and in which certain activities linked to the human condition are minimized.

Archeology of utopia (Philosophy-history) by Maixent LEQUAIN

Odysseus arrives in the land of the Phaeacians. He falls asleep under an olive tree, a tree which reveals to him the protective presence of Athena. At the same time, the goddess intervenes, in a dream, with Nausicaa, the king's daughter. Nausicaa then goes to the banks of the river where Ulysses is... This meeting of Ulysses and Nausicaa is legendary and it undoubtedly constitutes a treasure of the heritage of humanity.
A utopia is generally defined as a literary artifice consisting of describing an ideal society in an imaginary geography, most often within the framework of a travel story, as is the case here with this episode of the Odyssey. This happy country "on which the Gods seem to have shed their pollen" is therefore the country of the Phaeacians, the final stage before returning to Ithaca, where Ulysses comes to wash up, after leaving the island of the nymph Calypso.

The fundamentals of humanism (Claude Delbos)

To reflect on the future of humanism, I propose, under the title “The Fundamentals of Humanism” to try to clarify the concept.
Reading the Grand Robert we learn that the word humanist in 1539 designated a scholar with knowledge of Greek and Latin languages and literature.
Subsequently he described the scholars of the Renaissance, such as Lefèvre d'Étaples, Guillaume Budé or Érasme, who dedicated themselves to making known the works and ideas of writers of Antiquity; or even Montaigne, Rabelais and others, already under the influence of this idea from Pic de La Mirandole: “The dignity of the human being is to have received the privilege: “To only be what he becomes and to become what he makes himself.”