Do we prevent somebody being hurt by superstition or faith by rejecting and challenging those things? 

Is it mistaken to support organised religion in membership or donations?

If people do good because they are human, not because God prompts them then is it right to risk giving God any credit when they alone own their good?

 


  Gospel of Atheism
1 Salvation by atheism
2 What is self-esteem?
3 Why is self-esteem important?
4 How to love yourself
5 You want to be happy
6 You can be happy
7 To love yourself means loving yourself alone ultimately
Fear is the father of evil
9 Nobody makes you unhappy but you
10 Let happiness come just pave the way and trust yourself
11 Be easy to please and life will be better
12 You just need to see your worth
13 Egoism is the way to go!
14 Distracted selfishness is your salvation
15 See that you are not a sinner
16 Be your own person
17 Only God you need is you!
18 You have a will but it is not free in the religious sense
19 Proof that there is no free will and we don't really want it
20 Belief in fate is not really that bad
21 Liberation and guilt the gospel of atheism
22 Forgiveness in the popular sense is a snare!
23 Hatred in disguise the gospel of atheism overcomes it
24 The importance of evidence and why probability not possibility is what counts
25 Using reason correctly means protecting yourself correctly
26 There is no God - be your own God
27 Show the oppressive God belief the door!
28 Belief in God thrives on attacking your self-regard
29 Why it is inhuman to condone God's often cruel plan
30 Religion is fanatical superstitious and therefore harmful
31 Why prayer offends against decency
32 Why it is bad to believe in revelation
33 Miracles are a toxic belief
34 Fast inner transformation for the atheist
35 Don't expect too much
35 Affirming atheism in a positive way
37 Humanist meditation - transforming your inner self
38 Feeling that life is meaningful
39 On optimism - the atheist and mature optimism
40 Why there is danger and irresponsibility in the afterlife doctrine
41 Telling the difference between right and wrong
42 Being fair
43 On value on human life
44 Can an egoist be a martyr for others?
45 Animal rights
46 Ways of being complicit in society's evil
47 Lying and stealing
48 Gossip is a plague
49 The need for social regulation
50 Proper relationship of church and state
51 The value of education
52 The evil of marriage
53 How to have a happy love life
54 Erotica is harmless and to be enjoyed
55 The bare essentials of atheism
56 About Humanism
57 Humanism is not a religion or a faith position
58 Atheists here are the rules if you want them!
59 Being an atheist or humanist in a religious world
60 Making friends for humanist atheism
61 How we must spread the good news of atheistic humanism
62 The end goal of atheistic humanism
63 Ultimate truth - the theorems of atheistic humanism

PRINCIPLE 7, BE EASY TO PLEASE

The Seventh Principle of Self-love is that you must reduce your needs. Be easygoing.

Reduce your emotional needs as much as possible for feeling the need for things like a fancy car is increasing pain for yourself Ė all desires that are not fulfilled are a bit painful at least. You have to do this forever. Obviously, you have to have some needs. You want food. You want drink. If you did not feel a need for them you would probably die. When the surplus feelings of needing are dealt with that is when you become selfish in the sensible and real way by needing very little. Donít generate unnecessary needs for yourself and there will be less to disappoint you. The only thing you need to be happy is you and you have got you. When you reduce your emotional needs you still work for things like nice houses and trendy cars but you do it without the compulsion of needful desires and that way you get more enjoyment out of life and whatever you achieve is more worthwhile. Having too many needs will leave you in the habit of being anxious and self-pitying. The disciplined person can be starving to death in a desert and still not be worried about it. Feeling awful about it will only make her plight worse.

Happiness is achieved when you find more to be happy about than unhappy about in yourself. Remember, do not frustrate and reduce the peace you feel by looking for super self-esteem for that is failing to reduce your emotional needs to the basics. Just let whatever happiness comes come and welcome it even if the previous moment was happier.

To need a person or thing unnecessarily is to use them to fill your self-inflicted voids and is caused by fear and stupidity. This is true whether it is a physiological need such as the need for food or an emotional need such as for love. It is as far from love as you can get for needing makes demands on them to make you happy and all such demands are unfair and opposed to their freedom. To fail to let others be as free as possible is to maltreat them. Your outlook becomes one of refusing to be happy unless the ďlovedĒ object does x,y or z. To find happiness in yourself is selfish and is the one true selfishness.

When you just accept this happiness you will cease to consider yourself good and valuable because of what good you do or have done or will do to others but because of what you are. You will consider yourself good and valuable because you have found happiness and possess the will and power to be happier. Your being happy the rational way is the only thing you can consider worthwhile. We do good to others because we are happy and not because we want to feel good about ourselves for doing good. It is when we are detached like that, that we donít have to fear our feelings turning sour and our happiness increases automatically. Respecting the freedom of others rescues us from loneliness.

Donít try to change others. It is up to them to change themselves and the only person who you need to change in your life is yourself for you are the most important person to you. You will never be happy if you keep trying to interfere with others instead of working on your own self-development. That is making a need for yourself that you could do without.

Belief in God, divine revelation or in magic is evil for it is to blame for all the evil worked in its name simply because it is not needed and is something extra for humans to wage war over as if we donít have enough excuses for strife. Those who support religion are being supportive of evil for they should know better and the secrets of the gospel are written on every heart and mind.