Essay What I Believe

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I believe in logic. I believe in reason. Specifically, I apply this logic to a major choice in my life, that of religion. When someone asks you what your beliefs are, what's the first thing you think of? For most people, religious orientation is the first thing that comes to mind. I have to say, this is the first thing that came to my mind, although it was not a specific religion that came to mind for myself, but rather, the complete lack of one. I am what one would consider atheistic; that is, I hold no beliefs in any particular god, and I do not identify with any religious association. I am not simply a non-practicing believer, as many people choose to proclaim when they fail to attend church regularly. I have completely distanced myself…show more content…
Atheism has developed a skewed public perception over the years. Many believe that atheism is the complete lack of a moral code. I find this concept laughable at best. Instead, I would argue that a theist that does not perform an amoral action because they fear divine retribution is less moral than an atheist that chooses not to perform an amoral action simply on the basis that it is an amoral thing to do. I personally find my moral code to be on par with many of my theistic peers, even though I developed my morals in absence of any religious input. It is my belief that atheism rather than theism should be the default creed one should obtain before any religion is considered. I find it odd that the majority of otherwise logical people choose to blindly follow that which has been placed before them in ancient texts and soapbox speeches. Many ask me: “Why? Why set this as your default?” My only answer is that we cannot follow blindly the fables of another. We must determine our own paths through what we know to be true. Basic truths can be discovered through our own experimentation. For example, I discovered gravity at a young age while struggling and failing with the concept of walking. The concept of gravity is an unchanging truth for me, one that I determined on my own. We can use these fundamental rules of knowledge to create more complex guidelines as to how the universe operates. Through this process I have come discover many things that I hold true about this

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