Being my first blog post on TA, I felt I should start with my basic principles for how I live my life. While I am not a militant atheist (I tend to consider myself agnostic leaning toward atheist) I don't hide my views when the topic of conversation leads to the spiritual. I have seen how people of religion wonder how someone who doesn't follow a religion can be good and moral, and how we can see a purpose in our life without a higher power guiding us. Here are my two simple rules for living a moral life and finding purpose in life without the aid of religion, followed by a brief explanation.
Morality - "We should be allowed to live our lives as we wish, and do what we want, as long as our actions do not deprive another of life, limb, or property" People should be allowed to live as they wish, especially within the confines of their own home. Whatever we may do out of sight of someone else should be of concern to no one. Granted, there are many gray areas with this statement, and public decency standards should apply as well, but we should all have the freedom to live as we wish. For instance, if someone wishes to perform sex acts with a willing and able partner (or partners) in their own home or hotel room, then the neighbors should not have issues with it. However, if people wish to live as nudists, it is perfectly acceptable at their home (or in their yards (providing they have adequate fencing) but they should dress to meet acceptable community standards when going to the movies or shopping. As long as we don't physically harm anyone by our actions, or take what is rightfully theirs, then they should have no quarrel with our life. Granted, some people may be offended by another's choice of lifestyle, but then the problem is theirs. Of the many basic human rights we have, the right to not be offended isn't one of them.
Purpose - "Everyone's purpose in life is to sustain or advance the human condition" I think this is fairly self explanatory. Look at the world around you. Look at the people. What are they doing? If a family is living in a remote area of the world, and all they are doing is farming to sustain their family, they are sustaining the human condition. Does your job sustain or advance the human condition? I work in an auto factory. I help provide people with a means of transportation. I am sustaining the human condition. Laborers sustain us, shopkeepers sustain us, scientists sustain and advance us, who knows what politicians do. I believe religion at best hinders our advancement, at worst drags us backwards. Belief in ancient myth and outdated ideas of morality serve no useful purpose in civilized society.
Those are my two simple rules. Granted, there are many gray areas within those two rules, but I believe that allows individuals to make their own moral decisions and set the standards of their own life. If I chose to blog again, I will address several of the issues I have made my own moral decisions toward.