This was originally a blog post, but I feel it’s important enough to post as a permanent, static page on the site.
One of the criticisms often levelled at atheists is that we have no moral code. I don’t agree with that assessment, and eventually reached the point where I wanted to put out there, as succinctly and accurately, what mine is. Ironically, there’s 10 rules in my moral code.
- This life is the only time you exist. Make the most of it.
- This life is the only time anyone else exists. Do not take it from them.
- That which we leave behind when we’re gone are the memories and thoughts others have of us. Do your best to ensure they’re good ones.
- It’s valid to feel angry about things from time to time. Hate is not valid.
- Do not attack the personal religious or spiritual beliefs of another, unless it is to defend against those beliefs being used to impinge your rights.
- Good and bad, or good and evil, are discoverable without religion, and we should always try to do good.
- Good and bad, or good and evil, are evolving concepts.
- Believe that which can be empirically proven.
- Follow Hanlon’s Razor until Occam’s Razor demands otherwise.
- Our “purpose” should be three-fold:
- Contribute, in some way, however small, to the evolution of the human mind.
- Be mindful that we’re not the last generation to inhabit the earth.
- Be mindful that we’re not the only species to inhabit the earth.
I’m not perfect, of course – none of us ever are. But I always do my damnedest to meet those above rules as often as possible.