A collection of facts about morality.  

 

PRIMARY VALUES

 

“Morality”

What people do.  A neutral term to describe the ways in which people behave towards themselves and others, and play their part in wider society, with respect to certain values and principles.

 

“Ethics”

The best that people do.  The best results that can be achieved within morality.  The “good”.

 

“Spirituality”

Inner transformation for the purpose of achieving the best results.  Connecting with something bigger (reality, compassion, collective joy, the natural world).  

 

Prosocial

Relating to or denoting behaviour which is positive, helpful, and intended to promote social acceptance and friendship.

 

“Ultimate explanation”

The ancient evolutionary reasons, the original environmental pressures, that led to the development of a trait or feature within a species.  

 

“Proximate explanation”

The corresponding, modern day, psychological reasons why an individual organism behaves the way it does.  

 

 

 

Slow down.  Be diligent.  

Relax.  

Be comfortable.  

View experience with a kind and gentle curiosity.  

Truth is like light - it enables you to see.  

Truth is love.  

 

... as truth never lies on the surface, it needs pains to dive deep and grasp it.  

P. Lakshmi Narasu, “The Essence of Buddhism”

 

Love is the absence of judgement.  

 

 

Talking and listening are two very different things.  You can’t do both at the same time.  

You can only put your attention on one thing at a time.  

Inhabit your emotions.  Observe them.  Accept them.  In observing, step outside them.  

Let them do their job and deliver their message.  

Learn from observing your inner and outer worlds without judging.  

 

Instead of ignoring Mara or driving him away, the Buddha would calmly acknowledge his presence, saying, “I see you, Mara.”

Inviting Mara to Tea

 

Truth and compassion - the two most important things in the world.  

Throughout nature there is a universal pressure to flourish.  

If you put the right conditions in place, the flower will grow and flourish of its own accord.  

 

 

 

 

 

This philosophy is best discovered in study and contemplation, in talking about it with others, and in examining real life experience in the light of this knowledge.  Anybody is qualified to add to it, if they have a careful, critical, questioning, dispassionate mind.  

We may say that there are three levels of understanding:  reading or hearing about something, thinking about it, and practising it.  

Making the most of being human.  

 

Intuitive wisdom” is the key.  

A guide to morality, ethics and spirituality for atheists.  

If you see what is small as it sees itself, And accept what is weak for what strength it has, and use what is dim for the light it gives, Then all will go well.  This is called acting naturally.  

Lao Tzu – The Tao Te Ching

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