A consideration of morality without God

Morality without God

Theists claim there is no morality without God, whose ‘words’ have all required men to interpret them; Gospels are therefore no more spiritual than the men who wrote them down from the oral traditions from which they arose. (Unless, of course, they happen to be the dreams of historic paedophiles which have somehow strangely become holy writ.)

In other words all Godly utterances have as their commonality the instrumentality of man, the inventor of all the Gods that have ever been allowed to control man’s actions and thoughts and this appreciation accounts for the fact that all scripture has as its primary social aim the control of the excesses of human nature, especially sexuality. Religion is essentially censorious (ask any victim of the Taleban – or the Tea Party for that matter).

Sadly, it is all too pertinent a fact that the greater majority of the most heinous crimes against humanity have been at the hands of the so-called Godly or believers in this or that ‘-ism’. In short, the unreason of ‘faith’ in one ‘-ism’ or another is at the heart of man’s inhumanity to man, and it continues to be so to this very day.

It doesn’t matter if the ‘-ism’ is religious or secular in nature, belief in it demands careful consideration and deep reflection. To quote Anthony de Mello “People kill for money or for power. But the most ruthless murderers are those who kill for their ideas.”

Murder is wrong – it doesn’t need a God to tell you that

Rape is wrong – it doesn’t need a God to tell you that

Theft is wrong – it doesn’t need a God to tell you that

Slander is wrong – it doesn’t need a God to tell you that

Libel is wrong – it doesn’t need a God to tell you that

Maiming is wrong – it doesn’t need a God to tell you that

Cruelty is wrong – it doesn’t need a God to tell you that

Smugness is wrong – it doesn’t need a God to tell you that

Jealousy is wrong – it doesn’t need a God to tell you that

Claiming truth is wrong – it doesn’t need a God to tell you that

Goodness is its own reward – it doesn’t need a God to tell you that

Evil is its own reward – it doesn’t need a God to tell you that

Also,

Heaven is here and now – it needs a person of reason to tell you that

Hell is a state of mind – it needs a person of reason to tell you that

Paradise is a figment of the imagination – it needs a person of reason to tell you that

Religious faith is misguided – it needs a person of reason to tell you that

There is no ‘hereafter’ – it needs a person of reason to tell you that

Atheism is logical – it needs a person of reason to tell you that

Humanitarianism is right – it needs a person of reason to tell you that

Equality is true – it needs a person of reason to tell you that

Feminism is desirable – it needs a person of reason to tell you that

Education is essential – it needs a person of reason to tell you that

Competition is fine – it needs a person of reason to tell you that

The development of talent is necessary – it needs a person of reason to tell you that

Most importantly:

Love is the underlying reality of existence – it needs a person of reason to tell you that

Compassion is the expression of that love – it needs a person of reason to tell you that

Morality is right action – it needs a person of reason to tell you that

 

Compassion quotes:

Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.Albert Einstein

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.Dalai Lama

I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.Lao Tzu

Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.Confucius

Our human compassion binds us the one to the other – not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.Nelson Mandela

The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.Albert Schweitzer

 

Love quotes:

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.Lao Tzu

Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.Oscar Wilde

Friends can help each other. A true friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself – and especially to feel. Or, not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at the moment is fine with them. That’s what real love amounts to – letting a person be what s/he really is.Jim Morrison

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.Martin Luther King, Jr.

Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.Aristotle

Where there is love there is life.Mahatma Gandhi

We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we’re not alone.Orson Welles

A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without love.Max Muller

Can miles truly separate you from friends … If you want to be with someone you love, aren’t you already there?Richard Bach

 

Morality quotes:

Morality is of the highest importance – but for us, not for God.Albert Einstein

A man does what he must – in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures – and that is the basis of all human morality.Winston Churchill

I reject any religious doctrine that does not appeal to reason and is in conflict with morality.Mahatma Gandhi

Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.Henry David Thoreau

In Christianity neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point.Friedrich Nietzsche

I have to live for others and not for myself: that’s middle-class morality.George Bernard Shaw

The purpose of morality is to teach you, not to suffer and die, but to enjoy yourself and live.Ayn Rand

Compassion is the basis of morality.Arthur Schopenhauer

So when someone has the gall to claim that there is no morality without God tell them that morality is the very heart of being truly human, and it doesn’t need a God to tell you that.

And if you have been, thanks for listening.

Stephen ‘Kool*son’ Coulson

@philositect on Twitter

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3 comments
  1. ecblade said:

    many of the quotes you’ve chosen are quotes that I’ve kept myself. I have never believed that you needed a god to tell you how to be good, how to be human, how to treat others with respect.

    i do believe that there are people in the world for whom reason, love and compassion run intrinsic to the make up of their character. I believe you are one.

    Thank you, Stephen. These blogs take effort, but they matter. They really matter.

    • Jessica, that you make the effort to read these posts is indeed humbling. That you have the knack of drilling down to their essence is a mark of your own love of reason, love and compassion. It is a truism that ‘It takes one to know one’, nevertheless, in you I have found a kindred soul and that makes any effort (in fact enjoyment) in blogging worthwhile. That you make the world a better place by your mere existence makes me hope that the same accolade might devolve to yours truly.

      Thank you seems so inadequate, but thank you. 🙂

      Stephen

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