Reasonable people can disagree about what is reasonable. You reason with your senses. Reason is the only sure path and must govern all endeavors. In the absence of reason there is violence and anger. Only reasonable beings have 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 the brother of death. Wake is the 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.
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 and all of life plays a role. All things alive have an essence. You deny yourself humanity when 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 pain is selfishness and greed. Seek the noble and righteous path. Intangibles like will and cohesion are more important than tangibles. You are never alone. Always avoid stepping on insects. Remember the golden rule-He who has the gold rules!
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. Combat or cooperation? Cooperation between unrelated individuals will increase if the cooperation acts are frequently reciprocated. When people look out for one another we have a better functioning healthier society. Altruistic groups benefit more from cooperation than a selfish group. By helping others we help ourselves. Only when we are all brothers will there be peace. There are many different lifestyles. Lots of questions, concerns, comments and few answers. We have no options only directions. Good deeds, good thoughts, good words, good night.
The religious experience.
Respect God but do not depend on him or her. I like to tell people I attend the Church of Mars-the Roman God of War. I enjoy religion. I believe in all religions because I think they all have value and have something to offer but I find it hard (not impossible) to believe in things I cant see. All events are caused by other events. God is the whole human spirit. God does not permit evil. Only judgment makes evil. The Gods have changed but the laws of chemistry and physics have not. Equations are immortal. Only men decide what Gods are. Gods tend to resemble important people: kings, priests. Jesus condemned violence and wanted people to sell their property and give to the proceeds to the poor. He was one the greatest teachers of all time. He was tried, convicted and executed legally by the state.
Religion is a way to explain the unknown and has been part of every 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