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Beliefs

07 Apr

 

I am sometimes asked, usually by those who cannot understand my devout atheism, what I believe in.

There is an inference that, if I do not believe in a god, specifically the one they believe in, then I cannot be a good man. They argue that without a code then I am somehow morally bankrupt.

Here then, is my code. It is by no means original, but it is simple. It can be summed up in just six words

They are :

Diversity
Tolerance
Inclusion
Equality
Human Kindness

I did think about writing here and explaining the nature, the relevance, the importance of each element – in isolation and holistically. But that would be preaching – something to which I have a great aversion.

Except to say that I personally feel these beliefs are core to a family, a community, a country, a world living in harmony. I live and breathe by them.

And I have yet to find a mainstream religion or a political manifesto which truly embraces all five of them.

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© the author writing as Romantic Dominant

Written a year ago. My code always.

Photo by Schlegel Doyle

 

 
9 Comments

Posted by on April 7, 2017 in Still Life

 

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9 responses to “Beliefs

  1. beuteee1

    April 7, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    Those are all admirable, all be it sterile, but respectable.
    What about love? Where’s the passion in your wholesomeness?

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    • Romantic Dominant

      April 7, 2017 at 6:20 pm

      I avoided ‘love’ as a code. Religions are big on it, and small on everything else. And it becomes just a meaningless word. One cannot specify love, instruct it, demand it, glorify it. Love is a natural human emotion. It cannot be subject to doctrine. One loves or does not.

      No. Do the stuff that I talk of. Love will be there. But even if it isn’t, we will be far better women and men than we are.

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      • beuteee1

        May 11, 2017 at 10:59 am

        Sorry for delayed acknowledgement. Hadn’t seen this until recently. Still learning this site…

        Oh, I was not questioning your devout atheistic beliefs. I actually, myself, balance on that fence as well(to an extent). I know what I feel and I know what I don’t know. And I don’t know about religious doctrine in the validity sense, but I know it feels wrong to me. Always has since I was a child. So I am steadfast in my (disdain)belief against organized religion.

        What I meant about love- do you feel it? Are you capable of it or have you ever felt it before? It seems to me that you feel intense desire and fulfillment but I don’t sense much in the way of intimate interpersonal and passionate loving? I could be wrong but for the sake of brevity I will not go into my observations from your writing. Unless you want me to? But I have a feeling you may already have an idea of what I mean, no?

        Of course it is none of my concern and you are not obligated to explain your personal life to me. But I am of a curious nature. And I’m curious about you, now.
        But if you choose silence; then I will respect that as well.

        I hope I was able to articulate myself properly w/out having to delve too deeply in details??
        And my apologies for the long winded response, btw…
        -B

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