i don't know about you, but i'm proud of being an atheist. i'm proud of the fact i don't try to someway remove, destroy or convert those who have different beliefs than me because, to reject the construct of deism itself, is to reject the very notion that only one belief can be absolutely right.
now, as i'm sure many of you have experienced, those who tote faith as the reason of human existence will say something to like, "if there's no reason to why we're here then we can do whatever we want, thus, without morality, humanity collapses!" but the atheist has ethics derived from reason and science to guide his own humanity, assuming s/he wants to be a good person, while the religious person upholds themselves by the guiding tenants of their chosen religion based on the presumption that it is the be-all-end-all code of proper conduct for humanity.
the main difference here is that the non-believer LEARNS what is good, in the cultural sense of the word, using reason, experience and science and acts in that way. the believer already KNOWS what the good way to act within their culture is because it is written in sacred text of their religion. so, allowing the fact that the term "good" is relative on plethora levels of culture, family, religion, and every facet of our existence, is there a way to create a sort of universal code of goodness for the well being of all humanity, while ensuring our planet isn't destroyed, as we are in the process of doing now? or are we going to just have to settle for culturally circumstantial morals specific to these countries, families and subcultures that simply don't tread on one another's ethics?
what i'm basically asking is, is it possible to (and it's what religion, in part, has always been trying to do) create a very basic, non-circumstantial morality that A) all of humanity could agree on, within reason, and B) strikes a necessary balance with nature and the natural law of the earth (which humanity has moved against as a civilization as evidenced by nukes, industry, the ozone, extinct species and every other atrocity mankind has inflicted on the planet).
can such a construct, a relatively simple code of morals based on globally agreeable ethics exist yet? can it ever exist? what would that code be? if it could exist, what would need to be done to implement it within ourselves, within the very nature of humanity? is it too late to reverse the damage we've done to the earth? has our nature become so that we are irreversibly doomed to exhaust this planet of it's species to make room for more humans because somehow (and this is what our culture tells us, what it has always told us, it's why we have done all that we have done) humans are more important than all other life on the planet?
i've got more thoughts, but at this point i'd rather hear yours.