Humanism Vs Hedonism

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I have what I consider to be a very sex positive way of looking at the world. I view sexual behavior as acceptable as long as it is between consenting adults. In conjunction with this idea, said sexual behavior must not harm or involve an unconsenting individual. That goes for women, men, and gender-nonconforming individuals, regardless of sexual orientation.
However, I myself do not care too much about sexual attraction or sexual behaviors outside of an academic standpoint. This is because I am someone who identifies under the umbrella of asexuality. That being said, it should be no surprise that I lean toward asceticism rather than hedonism. While I do enjoy the pleasures of life, I am more concerned with cultivating
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While I do agree with elements of most of the religious and philosophical perspectives talked about in Chapter 19, Humanism is by far the most fitting for me. Though it does not pertain to sexuality, I agree with the Humanism idea that our morals and values should come from the human experience rather than a divine power. Humanism embodies the idea that every person is responsible for themselves and their values. Specifically, Humanism suggests that as individuals we must make our own choices and take responsibility for those choices. I agree with this, especially regarding sexual behavior. Moreover, it frowns upon toxic and/or detached relationships. Instead, it teaches that true intimacy is the ultimate goal when it comes to relationships and sex. This is an idea that I very much agree with. To me, a romantic relationship cannot be fulfilling without true intimacy. I do not especially like “hook-up culture,” which has seemingly become more and more popular within the past decade. To this effect, Humanism’s take on impersonal relationships mirrors my own.
However, I do not agree with every tenant of Humanism. While Humanism leans heavily toward situationism, I myself am somewhere in between legalism and situationism. I believe that there should be rules to guide behavior. However, I also think that the circumstances that vary from person to person should be considered. Some acts are always wrong, no
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I do not see a problem with sex before marriage as long as it between two people in love. As previously stated, I am not a big fan of hook-up culture, although I do not outright condemn it either. I do not agree with the Christian stance on premarital sex. I think that the Christian faith’s teachings cause a profusion of guilt regarding sexuality, which I do not approve of. However, I do approve of the Christian stance of sex outside marriage. I agree in the sense that it is unacceptable and that it is grounds for a divorce. While I do think that problems within a relationship or marriage should be worked through, affairs are always grounds for breaking off a

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