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 3, TO LOVE YOURSELF ALONE IS ONLY RIGHT

The Third Principle of Self-love is that love for yourself alone is only right and nothing else is possible and nothing else can cause you to be happy.

Egoism is the doctrine that I should be selfish in a way that harms none intentionally. Egotism is the doctrine that I should be selfish and harm others if I want to. Altruism is the doctrine that I should not love myself but just love other people. Altruism is one and the same thing as sacrifice and declares that love is sacrifice. You have to believe in and follow one of these. You cannot move from one to the other and you have to stick with one. It would be inconsistent to egoistically make a grand meal for yourself and say you believe in altruism too while an altruist would prepare the meal for a friend. Because you cannot be happy if you do not use your head carefully for reason is in you for your self-preservation, the strongest instinct you possess, logic says choose egoism. It is best for you and for others.

When I sacrifice, I nevertheless do what I want to do under the circumstances so it is not a sacrifice for I am after gratification. When I say I want a car it is not the car that is important to me but the desire for the car and I have the desire for one end, self-gratification. Anything I do, I feel I want to do. Even when I hate doing it I feel it is best to do it under the circumstances so I like it more than I hate it. This is a very comforting thought. Be aware that when you are doing something that makes you feel bad that you want to do it more than not to and focus on this fact. This makes you feel happier about it. It makes you feel free and cherish that feeling. It helps you get over it.
 
I cannot help loving only myself and nobody else. When I say I love somebody I only mean I like what they do for me and enjoy my feelings and thoughts for them. I do not value them. I value myself because it is my delights I value. Therefore altruism is not an option.

The new fashion expressed in the view that doing good for others because you enjoy it and want to help them is unselfish is seriously mistaken. If you want to be unselfish, or altruistic as it is sometimes called, you have to believe that you should do nothing for yourself but just do it all for others and that the more you suffer to help others the better and if you should suffer so much then you should walk ten miles to get somebody a glass of milk if they ask you. Why? Because if helping others because it gives you emotional fulfilment is unselfishness then looking for money for yourself has got to be unselfishness as well for the motive or goal is the same: gratification. It is only the focus of your desires that is different and it is the motive that counts in determining if an action is selfish or unselfish. Unselfishness, thankfully, is impossible though there are disordered forms of selfishness that are disguised as unselfishness.

Those who tell you that you must sacrifice yourself and be altruistic or to love God or others are destructive to your self-esteem for they are telling you that you are only good if you can do the impossible.