Are any of you interested in moral philosophy?
Morality has been philosophized to death. There’s not much to it. Find a balance among individual, family, village, and society well being. Obviously that balance is not absolute or static.
A teaching attributed to Jesus that I like is this: Don’t follow the rules because they are so written and you are trying to be a good person to win favor, avoid punishment, or to enhance your ego. Let your actions be governed by love, love brought on by personal awareness, appreciation, and gratitude for life in a mind-boggling reality. Jesus didn’t put it just that way of course—I’m having to help him out a bit with his phrasing. Following that advice will give you great flexibility in deciding how to act.
Of course. I think one of the nice things about being an atheist is trying make sense of morality. I a bit anarchistic myself but I read Marx, Trotsky, Ambergen, etc. My favorite thing was from Vonnegut, however, in his semi - autobiography, when he was talking about Jesus and why Jesus would do "good." Basically the idea is that Jesus wouldn't have the motivation of trying to get to an afterlife, that an appropriate imitation of Christ is a non - religious one. We do good because we should. That doing good is, for its own sake, the thing we should do. I could on about the philosophy which backs that up, and we could argue about what "good" actually is, but I think, short form, Kurt's right.