posted on Sep, 24 2013 @ 04:35 PM
reply to post by ctophil
We atheists like to call that "empathy". It's not really a divinely inspired gift or a god-given power. It's just the psychological ability to put
yourself in another's shoes. It always confuses me when people give God credit for our morality, because it implies that they don't recognize empathy
or employ it. Otherwise, they'd acknowledge the fact that a lot of what they do or don't do is because they know if the roles were reversed, they'd
appreciate the same in return. The "Golden Rule" and all that.
There's no deity involved in my moral code. Pure empathy, plain and simple. The fact that some of my feelings coincide with the ten commandments just
tells me that perhaps the ten commandments came from something a little closer to home than everyone is willing to accept. I think that makes more
sense than some are willing to admit. Have you ever had those moments when you're afraid to be honest with even yourself? Or perhaps being honest with
yourself doesn't feel as rewarding as living under a delusion. Perhaps you like the stability it offers.
Either way, I'm one of those people that doesn't like living a lie. Which means if there's a truth to be had, I'm gonna have it. And if someone tells
me it's wrong, I'm going to show them why it's right. That's what I'm doing here in this post.
edit on 24-9-2013 by AfterInfinity because: (no