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Beliefs

17 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

It depresses me that, in the two years since writing this , the leadership and politics of ALL countries have shifted further (in some cases dramatically) towards positions directly opposed to the above principles. And religion … well … best left unsaid.

Photo by Schlegel Doyle

 
20 Comments

Posted by on April 17, 2018 in Still Life, Uncategorized

 

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20 responses to “Beliefs

  1. House of Heart

    April 17, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    I couldn’t agree with you more. We must speak out, silence is complicity. Thank you Mr. D.

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  2. Nala Lynn

    April 17, 2018 at 8:47 pm

    Bravo!!!

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  3. Chatty Owl

    April 18, 2018 at 8:53 am

    You can’t argue about religion, because people are so single-tracked, they only see one side of the coin and are brainwashed into believing whatever they want to. It’s a dangerous business and definitely the best way to manipulate and control masses.

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    • Romantic Dominant

      April 18, 2018 at 10:08 am

      Indeed so. Religion has been used as a method of control since men first sat down and wrote the bible, the koran etc etc. And it clearly works. But the problem goes beyond religion. Too many people simply will not think for themselves. They do not question motives, agendas and likely veracity. They take their opinions from their favourite news channel, paper, or the prevailing mood on social media. Even worse, many people have no imagination or empathy. They are unable to see themselves in another human being’s shoes, or imagine reversed situations and perceive the suffering. They do not value the lives of others. They do not ask ‘is this fair, is this humane’?

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      • Chatty Owl

        April 18, 2018 at 10:12 am

        No, they don’t. It’s evident that us, as humans, are becoming less inquisitive, less thirsty for knowledge and certainly less interested in others as a pack that would be better together. It’s an evolution of selfishness.

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  4. Wriggly Kitty

    April 18, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    This is why I stopped going to church (that I’d only started going to 18 months previously)–too many people weren’t embracing those values, and that hurt too much for me to continue going. Too much hypocrisy.

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    • Romantic Dominant

      April 18, 2018 at 2:04 pm

      Sadly yes. Although the values of many religions – the treatment of women and of homosexuality for example – are suspect, at least there is a core requirement to love, or at least respect, one’s fellow human being. There is much hypocrisy indeed.

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  5. Dhiraj Choubey

    April 19, 2018 at 9:26 am

    Have you gone through Vedanta philosophy of India?

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  6. Dhiraj Choubey

    April 19, 2018 at 9:36 am

    The greatest name man ever gave to God is Truth. Truth is the fruit of realisation; therefore seek it within the soul. Get away from all books and forms and let your soul see its Self. “We are deluded and maddened by books”, Shri Krishna declares. Be beyond the dualities of nature. The moment you think creed and form and ceremony the “beall” and “end-all”, then you are in bondage. Take part in them to help others, but take care they do not become a bondage. Religion is one, but its application must be various. Let each one, therefore, give his message; but find not the defects in other religions. You must come out from all form if you would see the Light. Drink deep of the nectar of the knowledge of God. The man who realises. “I am He”, though clad in rags, is happy. Go forth into the Eternal and come back with eternal energy. The slave goes out to search for truth; he comes back free. >

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    • Romantic Dominant

      April 19, 2018 at 1:13 pm

      Smiles. I see all of that. Except the god element.

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      • Dhiraj Choubey

        April 19, 2018 at 1:29 pm

        You yourself are element of God. Smiles.

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        • Romantic Dominant

          April 19, 2018 at 2:22 pm

          Laughing. I’m afraid we will have to differ on that one.

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          • Dhiraj Choubey

            April 19, 2018 at 3:35 pm

            I would like to change your perception.

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            • Romantic Dominant

              April 19, 2018 at 4:20 pm

              Smiles. I am more than happy with my perception.

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              • Dhiraj Choubey

                April 19, 2018 at 4:26 pm

                Why you exist?

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                • Romantic Dominant

                  April 19, 2018 at 4:38 pm

                  The trouble with all religious people is that they believe that they have the key to life and to everything.

                  I hate to be rude, but I find ALL religion to be complete bollocks. I do not believe in some unproven, mystical, all-seeing, higher being with some secret, divine purpose, or some spiritual reason for human existence.

                  I am happy. I am content. I don’t want to know about god’s will when no religious person can tell me why their god who created everything and is in everything gives children cancer – and just what the wondrous purpose of that is.

                  I am at ease and peace with who I am. I am me. That is enough for me. So please, drop the subject. It both bores me and disappoints me.

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