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