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A Secular Life: A Better Way of Living


What does it mean to be secular?


What's wrong with religion?


The challenge for secularism


Four keys to providing a sense of community


Religion vs. secularism


Living a secular life - basic principles


An individual's basic rights


Our children

Because children represent our future and because of their lack of maturity, they require special safeguards and care. Children, defined as those humans under 18 years of age, should be afforded the following protections:


Code of conduct


12 basic moral precepts

  1. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you (the Golden Rule).
  2. We should all have the freedom to choose our actions, but we also bear the responsibility for the consequences of the actions that we take.
  3. The unending chase for the acquisition of more and more material goods is a fool's errand. Love and friendship are the true foundations of happiness and the key to the positive interactions necessary to provide peace and tranquility within and across societies.
  4. An individual has but one life to live and should strive for happiness in that life, built on positive relationships with others and a continual sense of joy at the wonders that nature has to offer.
  5. Do not allow yourself to be blindly led by others. Question everything and use your own reasoning based on fact and your life experiences to decide what is right.
  6. Do not discriminate against others based on sex, race, culture, sexual orientation, religion, social origin or personal beliefs.
  7. Respect the rights of others to hold opinions that differ from your own.
  8. Stand against violence and be ready to defend those who are subjected to violence.
  9. Treat the environment and nature with respect and be active in preventing harm that would jeopardize future generations' ability to enjoy nature's beauty and bounty.
  10. As our future, children must be properly nurtured and educated so they can assume their rightful place in society when they come of age.
  11. A person who is able should earn their way through life and not feed selfishly on the efforts of others.
  12. A person's opportunity for happiness should not be limited by the circumstances into which they were born and it is the obligation of society, as a whole, to ensure that each person has an opportunity to reach their full potential as a contributing member of their community.

Virtues


List of virtues

Each of the following virtues, which are interrelated and overlap, represents a different aspect of what sums to be the ideal of the virtuous self:

  1. Politeness - being courteous toward others.
  2. Prudence - thinking before you act.
  3. Courage - to do the right thing.
  4. Justice - ensuring that everyone is treated fairly and receives their proper share of life's benefits.
  5. Generosity - giving something of yourself to others, something that has value and is something others lack.
  6. Compassion - a feeling of concern for the suffering of others.
  7. Mercy - forgiveness. When you show mercy, you put aside hate and vengence.
  8. Gratitude - being grateful for the positive in our lives, the things we have and the benefits we receive.
  9. Humility - an acknowledgement of our own limits.
  10. Tolerance - our capacity to respect other people's opinions, practices and beliefs.
  11. Love - the affection we feel for one another, providing a personal level of care and kindness.
  12. Honesty - being truthful, sincere and trustworthy.
  13. Self-Discipline - the ability to control one's anger, properly channeling passion and thinking before responding to impulses.
  14. Curiosity - it is curiosity that drives our ability to learn, providing an antidote for ignorance and countering the dangers posed by blind faith.
  15. Skepticism - going hand-in-hand with curiosity, it is our filter, the check in helping us evaluate which information is actually worthy of consideration and belief.

The value of art, music & culture


Preserving our home - the environment and climate change


Secularism & democracy


Summary


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