Note – In this article the term atheist refers to all who are not religious. This would include agnostics, deists, humanists and a number of other labels.
Religious teachings and traditions that focus on having and raising children plus other family values will provide a Darwinian advantage no matter how absurd any godly beliefs may be. It’s not enough for the non-religious to simply expand our numbers through persuasion involving logic and reason; we should also establish strong family units through secular philosophy. We should provide the guidance that people traditionally look to religion to supply, and we should do it better. We should establish family dynasties of secular life.
Islam translates to submission to god. Atheism should translate to submission to the family because unlike the jealous god of Abraham, the family is real.
When you take care of the family, you take care of yourself as you are part of the family. Taking care of the family includes taking care of business as the family must be provided for. Taking care of the family includes taking care of the community as the family must be kept safe and be well educated. Taking care of the family includes taking care of the government to ensure proper legislation and policies exist that are in the best interest of the family, the community and the nation.
There should be two primary goals in the life of an atheist. One is to take care of the family. Two is to live a life guided by truth to the best of our ability. There should be pride in being a rationalist and representing reason over superstition at home and in education, business and government.
Atheists understand that when a storm is coming, preparation is critical, prayer is worthless. When seeking counsel, education and experience matter more than faith. We live our lives as if the world is not going to end this year or in a million years. Many religious people have the same rational recognitions, but they thank god anyway when it is secular wisdom that pays off.
There are many sources of secular philosophy to strengthen the self and the family in every continent that span across millenniums. The Confucian definition of an exemplary person, the virtues of Socrates, the teachings of Gandhi, the morality of Buddhism and ancient Toltec wisdom are just a few examples.
People achieve more when goals are set high. What is the definition of an ideal person? What are the virtues we should all try to achieve? Nobody is perfect and we all make mistakes, but when we stray from “the path” we must get back on. What is our path? What are we fighting for? Taking care of the family should be at the heart of our morality.
The following is a simple sketch of the ideal person and the ideal mother and father.
The Ideal Person
• True to their word
• Gentle and kind to the gentle and kind
• Self-respectful and confident
• Respectful towards others
• Dedicated to the happiness and wellbeing of themselves and others
• Ability to be fierce in defending family, community and what is good
• Courageous in adversity
• Calm and wise
• Resilient, able to bounce back from setbacks
• Does not cheat or take advantage of others
• Does not allow themselves to be taken advantage of by others
• Sets a good example for others
The Ideal Mother and Father (or non-traditional partnerships)
• Dedicated to each other
• Dedicated to the children
• Supports the family
• Adds physical and emotional strength to the family
• Provides and maintains family structure
• Provides moral and ethical guidance to the children
• Supports intellectual and physical development of the children
• Maintains family traditions
• Maintains a bright future
“The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.” – Confucius (551-479B.C.)
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