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 four 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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