Atheist Morality

I am tired of hearing that atheists have no god to answer to and therefore no moral compass. I know many atheists who are great people with very high standards for their daily lives.

So help me here AN members, what principles do you live by? What keeps you on the right track with no "sky-daddy" (tks pirate bard) looking down on your every move? And for that matter, what is "right" and "wrong" and how is it determined by you? Those of you raised by atheists, how did your parents instill in you the desire to do what is "right"?

I can't wait to here your responses - I hope to get some good stuff!
Thanks AN
Sicile
sicile sicile
36-40, F
4 Responses Jul 22, 2010

While I may not believe in any religion, I still feel it is important to live by the golden rule; treat others how you want to be treated. It's amazing how that simple phrase can help guide your behavior.

Basically for me<br />
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-No stealing<br />
-No racism<br />
-No sexism<br />
-Living responsibly to the environment<br />
-Look after your elders<br />
-Protect children<br />
-Love your partner<br />
-Be a positive force in this world

I agree with Charos that morality is a relative, not ob<x>jective construct. Morality is the contract that people make to hopefully not hurt each other throughout the day. Unfortunately, some people are incapable of making or keeping contracts. <br />
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Following what "god's" word is only guessing at what the intent of early desert dwellers wrote in texts written long ago. Even though you think you're following an ob<x>jective morality, you're still picking and choosing. Most Christians do behave in a moral way, but it's because they've been picking and choosing reasonable parts of the Bible or because they learned how to behave properly in society from example. The difference is that for an atheist, the path to better behavior may be quicker. You're not thinking about "What would Jesus do?" in a situation as if you'd really know what he'd think. Do you really know what your friend or spouse would do? Instead, you evaluate & decide the best course of action. Of course, a person can choose to hurt someone, but by and large hurting people leads to getting hurt.

I'm a moral relativist, so I don't really accept the idea of there being any absolute standard for "good" or "evil"...actually, I made an experience page for it some time back.<br />
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<a href="http://www.experienceproject.com/groups/Am-A-Moral-Relativist/128372" target="ep_blank">EP Link</a><br />
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The story I wrote there describes how I view morality about as well as I could here...