Humanism is a broad category of ethical philosophies that affirm the dignity and worth of all people, based on the ability to determine right and wrong by appealing to universal human qualities, particularly rationality, without resorting to the supernatural or alleged divine authority from religious texts.
Joss Whedon was awarded the 2009 Cultural Humanism Award at Harvard last week. In the 1st clip, Joss discusses Humanism, education and faith. The 2nd clip deals with the issues of morality. Whedon cites Buffy's decision to kill Angel as an example of his own journey to understanding morality.
"The enemy of humanism is not faith. The enemy of humanism is hate, is fear, is ignorance, is the darker part of man that is in every humanist, every person in the world. That is the thing we have to fight." - Joss Whedon
Her [Buffy] search is my own. Those are questions that came up that I had to answer."