Post by Nice Kitty on Feb 10, 2013 11:46:12 GMT -5
The Virtues Project comes as a response to the wave of discussion and feedback that followed the publication of my book, Religion for Atheists, and a growing sense that being virtuous has become a strange and depressing notion, while wickedness and evil bask in a peculiar kind of glamour. My ultimate aim for the project is that it ignites a vital conversation around moral character to increase public interest in becoming more virtuous and connected as a society.
Really a great read. As a non-religious person, I have worked hard to be a virtuous person and to raise virtuous kids. My son found God last summer and is guided by both his faith and his common sense (in other words, he is a non-fundamentalist...he believes that some of religion is manmade, but it is still a tool for finding God and living a more fulfilling life). My daughter, husband and I are mostly non-religious. The one thing that all of us share is a desire to leave the world a better place than we found it, and to seize each moment and live it to the fullest. I think this is a helpful starting point for conversations about what it means to be good when you aren't religious.
Post by Nice Kitty on Feb 10, 2013 11:57:59 GMT -5
The virtues which I think this article misses:
Kindness Responsibility for others
The last thing is something I think our society badly needs. My kids are both highly intelligent, attractive, socially adept, and economically privileged. They have a lot of advantages that other kids at their school may not have. I have taught them that they have a responsibility to take care other people, particularly their peers who are less able to take care of themselves. Both of my kids have strong personalities, and aren't easily bullied. Because of that, I've taught them that they have a responsibility to intervene in situations where other kids are being bullied to stop that from happening. I really think that acting in those situations matters. But, having a peer intervene is a lot more helpful than having an adult do it.
The virtues you speak of and aspire to Nice Kitty, are in you through the Holy Spirit. A gift from God you have accepted, somewhat subconsciously. Congratulations on taking them up and embracing them. I suspect you cherish and use them far more than others who actually attend a religious service often. Continued blessings to you.
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