are your beliefs now?
believe in human dignity, human rights, equality of all men and equality
between men and women. I believe in the inherent goodness in all
people and that if left alone, without the imposition of ideologies and
indoctrination of faiths, humans are capable of living together in peace
and harmony. I believe what divides mankind are ideologies and beliefs and
that the world will be a better place if each person becomes a prophet to
himself, instead of being a follower. I believe in reason and I believe in
I believe in my own intelligence to unravel the
truth. And since truth is infinite, my work is never done. I am constantly
discovering new realities and learning new things.
I don’t think humans are created to follow. We are
created to think, and to make intelligent decisions on our own. Following
is for sheep, not for humans.
may ask how do I distinguish between right and wrong. I have an
unerring compass. It is called the Golden Rule. “Treat others with the
same consideration that you would like to be treated”. This is my torch of guidance. With this always
in the back of my mind, I find my way every time and do not need
am a humanist and as such I love all mankind. Someone sent me a Jewish
story that I think describes me.
”Two Yeshiva students arguing over when the dawn of the day begins. One
said it was the dawn when you could tell the difference between an olive
tree and a fig tree. (Olive trees have small leaves; fig trees have big
leaves.) The other argued that the dawn of the day was when you could tell
the difference between a man and woman. Neither could agree. Finally, they
asked their rabbi. The rabbi answered, "It is the dawn of the day
when you can no longer see a difference
between a Jew and a Gentile. That is the dawn of THE DAY.”
You can say I live in that dawn.
I see no difference between any soul. As
of friend wrote: "If you can't see God in all, how can you
see God at all." I love this statement. I try to see God in every
As for religions, I do not see them the way believers do. I see
them as human traditions, stories told by ancient people that reflected
their fears, their aspirations, their morality and their understandings of
the world. They do no longer apply to us. We need to invent our own
religion that reflects our morality and understanding.
have invented my religion. In this religion I am the prophet and
the only disciple. I rely on my own intelligence and practice the Golden
Rule. I do not believe in a deity but I believe in the single
underlying the creation. This Principle permeates everything, but it is
not a being. It is not a thing. It is the law of everything.
religious god, it is not desperate to be worshiped and does not burn people in hell for disbelief.
All I have to do is to be mindful of it, to understand it
and to follow it to gain happiness. To follow this Principle I have to
gain knowledge and understand the nature of things. This is a knowledge
that is readily available to all of us and can be experienced by anyone.
For example, I know if I drop myself from a height, I will get hurt.
Through this knowledge I know that I am a cell in the body of Mankind. My
well-being is in the well-being of all humanity. We are all related to
each other, to this earth and to this universe.
So there you
have it. My religion has a philosophy that surpasses the
philosophy of most religions. It is not jumbo mumbo and it is not based on
ancient myths and fairytales. It is founded on logics. It
is mystical. It has a fallible but honest prophet and a very devout
disciple that happen to be one and the same. It has also a mission; the mission is to bring peace to the world,
inseminate love where there is hate, spread understanding where there is
ignorance, give joy where there is sorrow and usher that dawn when no one
can see the difference between the children of Man.