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Old 07-05-2013, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Kansas
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#2 is "The Golden Rule" which I read exists in 8 of the major religions. It is a good rule.
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Old 07-05-2013, 04:53 PM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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It occurs to me though that this approach doesn't really work if an individual is not at heart a functional person. Narcissists, sociopaths and people with personality disorders would find ways around these concepts.

Do you think that religions became so complex out of a need to keep the "deviant few" in line with logical social mores?
If someone is a sociopath nothing is going to help. I knew a guy who had things like a license plate that said respect life yet he lied to me for years and said he was gay when he was 100% straight. He did so without any thought on what he was doing to me and when I found out apologized for hurting me then did it even more till I finally stopped talking to him. Its a long story but my point is if someone is a sociopath nothing will keep him or her from hurting people. The best we can do is stay away.
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Old 07-05-2013, 05:20 PM
 
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I'm an atheist, but most people consider me to be extremely ethical and moral (to an annoying degree). As far as I can tell, I basically have built my secular personal code and guide my actions based on the two following questions:

1) Do my actions unnecessarily harm any humans, animals or institutions?

2) Am I behaving towards others the way I would want them to behave towards me?

I'm curious if anyone sees any holes in this - any other rules/principles that are necessary to being a good person.

That's how I do it also. Same two rules.

Although, what is "a good person"? Sometimes when you don't do enough good things to people, don' t go out of your way to do good things to people at the cost to yourself, don't sacrifice enough, you are not considered that good. But I guess that is obvious only when you have to live next to someone who always does something for others, always helps in some way.

So, in my own eyes, I am a good person. Because I live based on those two principles. But in my mom's eyes I probably would have to DO more in order to fit the category of a good person.
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