- Human beings are incredibly complex.
- People are less than perfect; most of us are hopelessly flawed.
- The human being has a limitless capacity for self-deception and self-justification.
- There is no true justification for unethical behavior.
- With full knowledge and awareness of the foregoing observations, I acknowledge this:
“I am what I am, and that’s all that I am.”
-Wisdom borrowed from Popeye the Sailor Man
“If you do not tell the truth about yourself, you cannot tell it about other people.” -Virginia Woolf
The paramount importance of rules and behavior as emphasized by most religious organizations is not entirely scriptural.
While everyone makes mistakes and everyone has done bad things, one’s true character is more accurately revealed in the following three ways:
- The way you treat animals
- The way you treat others who are not now, nor have any likely probability of ever being, in a position of power or authority which would enable them to do something for you in return, and,
- The portion of your own limited and precious personal resources which you choose to allocate to charitable contributions.
Why is a species which claims to be superior and intelligent continually plagued with such widespread ignorance and confusion?
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