Noam Chomsky is a humanist because he believes in a human essence

My response to a recent attack on Noam Chomsky on Facebook: humanists are people too — and they can offer piercing insights as well as nihilists, liberals, undeconstructed apologists, drunken goats (given the right conditions).

Humanism: our tendency to relate our sense of the expanding universe (space and time) with moral progress. Why?