reply to post by Bleeeeep
I don't get why it's such a hard thing to grasp when removed from a religious context. Why?
I don't plan on death. I don't look toward the end of my life to reflect on my past and go "Ahh who cares, I'm dead now anyway!".. there is no goal
post to run toward. No ball to shoot. Why are you asking it in that context?
I live right now. Right at this moment. Not 5 minutes ago nor 5 minutes from now. That is simply where I am and where I make my choices. I don't want
to see people suffer. I don't want to see people in pain. So why would I act right now in a way that would cause it, either by my action or
I smile at people. Sometimes they smile back. Do I get a brownie point? No... I do it because I feel that expressing it is no effort on my part and
maybe someone may benefit from being reminded that even big ugly hairy buggers can be decent.
I give to homeless people, or buskers, or when someone asks for some change. If I can, I do. Not because I want god to love me for being a
superficially moral person. Not because I think karma will repay me thrice... never has, never will.. But I do it because I know what it's like to be
in their position and how much of a difference being nice to people can make in their day.
I don't kick puppies or microwave kittens. Why? I don't think the puppy god or kitten lord will strike me down should I do it, like a religiously
moral person would, so I must have a different reason.. like, knowing causing pain and suffering is wrong. I don't like it when I'm kicked. Or treated
with less than decency when I've not caused any reason to be treated so.
God doesn't instil morals. The idea simply installs a fear. Don't be bad or god will not be happy, and it's off to the fires of Hades for you,
Most religious people do nice things to get a better lot in the after life. Not because they really care about people. That's why they will cause
suffering to everything that does not believe in their god, or look down on them as if they're not worthy of decent acceptance but still have to be
treated nice because god says so.
"I'll pray for you." - to god? why? what will he do? Pray to me. That would be nice. Give ME nice thoughts. Wish ME well.. don't pray to your god
because you're only sending letters to santa. "Dear santa, please give me a new bike. I've been really good."
Morals, if they need a chain to ensure you have them, are not morals. They're rules and laws instilled by religious fearmongers.
Be nice. Don't steal. Give back more than you take. Share. Don't cause pain or anguish and accept you're not the centre of the universe.
Why does this all seem to foreign to someone coming from a religious angle.. Not saying you are OP, but the question has arisen more than once here,
from people who think that without morals instilled by religion, then we're all running around raping everything, eating everything, killing anything,
stomping on ants because they're just ants.. etc etc.
I find religious morals very strict in their application. And far from honest.
edit on 11-10-2013 by winofiend because: Dear santa, please give
me the ability to not make typos in my posts. I've been really good and left you some cookies and milk!!