All people share a common humanity and command a level of respect as equal. We are all just trying to make a better lives for ourselves and our families. Justice, equity and compassion in all human relations. Cooperation between unrelated individuals will increase if the cooperation acts are frequently reciprocated. In other words when people look out for one another we have a healthy functioning society. Altruistic groups benefit more from cooperation than a selfish group. Respect for the web of existence. By helping others we help ourselves. Only when we are all brothers will there be peace. We have no options only directions. Good deeds, good thoughts, good words, good night.
Your free to live your life anyway you choose as long as you do not harm another. Consider yourself lightly. Consider the world deeply. How to live a free and virtuous life? Have a reverence for life, respect your parents, love your neighbors as yourself and love your country more than yourself. Have respect for life. All of life matters, has inherent worth and plays a role. All things alive have an essence. You deny yourself humanity when you inflict pain on other creatures. If God made man, than to kill another is to rob the world of Gods presence. The force of a man equals mass of his body times the acceleration of his soul. The cause of most pain is selfishness and greed. Seek the noble and righteous path. Intangibles like will and cohesion are more important than tangibles. Always avoid stepping on insects. Remember the golden rule-He who has the gold rules!
Reasonable people can disagree about what is reasonable. You reason with your senses. Reason plus logic is the only sure path and must govern all endeavors. In the absence of reason there is violence and anger. Only reasonable beings have free will. Natures primal instincts are appetite and passion. Language, reason and the pursuit of knowledge is what separates us from lower animals. We are halfway between animals and angels. Sleep is our brother of death. Wake is our sister of sleep. Consciousness can be thought of as the remembered present. The experience of the conscience will kicks in after the brain has initiated the action. The brain initiates the behavior then lets the body know. There are three levels to the human mind: 1) cerebellum–survival. 2) limbic system-emotion. 3) neocortex–logic.
The religious experience.
God is the whole human spirit. I shall follow in the path of God and grow spiritually. Hell is to be without God. Respect God but do not depend. I believe in all religions because they all offer value, guidance and support. All events are caused by other events. God does not permit evil. Only judgment makes evil. Gods have changed over human history but the laws of chemistry and physics have not. Only men decide what Gods are. Gods tend to resemble important people: kings, priests. Religion is a feeling and science is knowledge. It is a way to explain the unknown and has been part of every human culture. Historically hunter/gatherer societies have practiced animism, agricultural societies have practiced polytheism and nation states practice monotheism. Religion facilities war and war facilitates religion. The capacity for religious belief enhances our capacity to engage in war which enhances our fitness.
Greater love hath no one than this. That a man lay down his life for his friends.John 15:13