A Meditation on Life: Godlessness

I am insulted by the suggestion that I need a reason to do the right thing.

Threat of punishment or promise of reward can make me “behave” myself, but neither can make me a moral human being.

And it is disheartening to think that anyone needs a “reason” to behave themselves.

That said, wouldn’t it be nice to live in a world where we act morally because we want to… not because we have to.

Not because we are being watched…

Not because we fear what the neighbors might say…

Not because we fear what “the authorities” might do…

Not because we are “following the rules”…

Not because we are being “a good Christian”, “a good Muslim”, “a good Jew”, “a good whatever.”

What more do we need than an ethics guided by love and logic, unblemished and undistorted by so many coercions and anxieties?

What better measure of character than to do the right thing… even when it is inconvenient, unprofitable, unpopular, heartbreaking, or dangerous?

What better measure of character than to do the right thing when nobody is watching?

What is more sacred than the conviction to trust my own conscience and the courage to act accordingly, regardless of the temporal or eternal consequences to myself?

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4 thoughts on “A Meditation on Life: Godlessness

  1. To act because I want to, not because I’m looking for praise, or in fear of punishment… indeed. That to me means living in self-empowerment. There is still “reason” to act though, setting myself up with a life-purpose that drives me to literally re-invent my self into becoming a stranger to what I was. That becoming, I have no idea where it is going, nor what it will bring me nor what it will “feel like” to become my purpose if/when I do but now it is my life’s driving force.

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