posted on Feb, 3 2011 @ 10:07 AM
Welcome to ATS.
I agree with your summary. I'd be careful, though- I'm an agnostic, and I posted a similar thing yesterday in an attempt to illustrate that no
religion=no morals/ethics/whatever is wrong, and I was called a radical atheist (even though I'm not an atheist) troll, who was using ambiguity and
double-speak to spread hatred for those who are religious. Still at a bit of a loss as to why my "accuser" came to such a conclusion, but anyway.
Personally, as I said, I'm an agnostic, but I operate by the policy 'treat others as you would like to be treated yourself'- I guess that's the
same as 'love thy neighbour' that followers of Christ may adopt. In my eyes, we're all in this together, and we can either make this place and the
journey we experience here as crappy as possible, or vica versa. Although, I'm helped by the fact that I had quite a strict up-bringing, and was
always taught not to be selfish- even though my dad was probably the most selfish person I've ever met, but that's another story- I suppose I'm
lucky to have him as an anti-role model, a case study of how I do not want to live my life. I've still got many, many flaws, and I break my 'golden
rule' sometimes, but I try to learn from it and grow as a person.
Basically, I just think there's enough hatred in the world already, and hate is just a waste of emotion, and gets us nowhere. It is difficult though,
when we live in a over-bearing capitalist/materialistic society, which teaches selfishness is good, and goodwill is a sign of weakness, as it often
costs $$ and time- and of course, time is money too!