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Atheists values
on: August 5, 2016, 05:36

For atheists values follow the links here (ignore the faith bit)

For more good values try here, on page 14 and 15 are the best

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Re: Atheists values
on: February 23, 2017, 19:29

This webpage has most the values that atheists need to succeed in life (just ignore the faith bit that on the lists)

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Re: Atheists values
on: February 25, 2017, 15:17

Not intending to alter the subject, but I found awareness of biases helpful too....

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Re: Atheists values
on: February 25, 2017, 18:39

Thank you Alcuin for your contribution!


Here are my latest update doctrine for humanists/atheists

The following values had been refined and consider as tools for humanists & atheists to thrive as an individual or as a community.

It is not 100% perfect so use it with commonsense, but it is a winner doctrine 🙂


"All our beliefs/values are subject to change in the face of new evidence, including these."
"Be open-minded and be willing to alter your beliefs with new evidence."

“Humanism recognises that reliable knowledge of the world and ourselves arises through a continuing process of observation/investigation/research, evaluation and revision.”


Feel free to add your other useful values to these lists to complement it

(Ignore the faith bit that on the lists)
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Core Values Assessment, Common Personal Values


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This one/list is useful because it is uncopyright
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Meaning of life
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Examples of secular ethical codes, (scroll down for the list)
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Alternatives to the Ten Commandments ( for atheists and humanists )
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Atheist Mind Humanist Heart
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A need is something that is necessary for an organism to live a healthy life. Needs are distinguished from wants in that, in the case of a need, a deficiency causes a clear adverse outcome: a dysfunction or death. Basic needs such as water, air, food and protection from environmental dangers are necessary for an organism to live.

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Needs and Values
Things We All Want in Our Lives

Feelings Associated with Met Needs




SECULAR GRACES pinched from the NSS Newslines

From Reginald Le Sueur
To the Farmers and Growers,
To the Butchers and Bakers,
To the Cooks and the Caterers ;
--we give thanks for this meal.

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From BHA website:
“Let us think thrice while we are gathering here for this meal. First, let us think of the people we are with today, and make the most of the pleasure of sharing food and drink together. Then, let us think of the people who made the food and drink and brought it to us, who serve us and wait on us, and who clear up and clean up after us. Finally, let us think of all the people all over the world, members with us in the human family, who will not have a meal today.”

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(Nicolas Walter)
“Good food, good meat, Sit down, let’s eat”.

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(Myron Morris)
“For this food we about to receive,
We thank those who produced it,
And those who transported it.
We thank those who prepared it,
And those who serve it,
And those who clean it after us.
Let us now sit down and enjoy it”.

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By Paul Diamond

Some years ago a woman wrote to Ann Landers. The letter writer told how she and her husband were atheists, though they didn't make a big deal about it. At a family gathering in another state her husband was asked to say grace at dinner. He mumbled something off and let it go at that. The woman wanted Ms. Landers to tell her how to deal with this in the future without compromising their principals. Ms Landers said to pass it off, to say, "Let cousin Lem do it,” or something to that effect.

That column inspired me to compose a 'Non-Believers Grace.' I sent it to Ann Landers but, to no surprise, she never responded. I share it here for humanists and freethinkers this Thanksgiving.

A Non-Believers Grace

I offer my deepest appreciation and my most profound apologies to the plants and animals whose lives were forfeit for our good health this day.

We give thanks to the ranchers and the farmers, their workers and their hands whose skill, sweat and toil have brought forth this bounty from the Earth.

We are grateful to the workers in the fields who pick our food, the workers in the plants where our food is processed, the teamsters who carry it to market and the stockers and the checkers who offer it up for our selection.

We are particularly appreciative for those at this table who have prepared this food with love and affection for our enjoyment and nourishment this day.

We remember fondly those who the miles and circumstance keep from joining us today as we remember those who are no longer with us and are grateful for the time we have shared with them.

We enjoy the warmth and fellowship that surrounds this gathering as we share the fervent hope that people the world over can share the good fortune, warm feeling and conviviality that embraces this gathering.

Thank you.

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We are thankful for the food on this table
We are thankful for this time together
Our thoughts go out to family and friends
We hope that they are safe and well
Let's eat/dive in.

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Earth we thank you for our food,
For work and play and all that's good,
For wind and rain and sun above,
But most of all for those we love.
posted by McIntaggart at 3:39 AM on August 24, 2005 [2 favorites]

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And a short meal gatha:
"We receive this food in gratitude to all beings
Who have helped to bring it to our table,
And vow to respond in turn to those in need
With wisdom and compassion."

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Personally I like the idea of contemplating how much went into providing the food.
posted by mendel at 4:43 AM on August 24, 2005 [1 favorite]

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My son learned this one in his Montessori school (natch), and we use it quite a bit in our agnostic home:
I am thankful for green grass under me (I am thankful/grateful )
I am thankful for blue skys over me (I am thankful/grateful )
I am thankful for good friends beside me
I am thankful for good food in front of me
and peace all over the world.
posted by Scoo at 7:09 AM on August 24, 2005

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"Thank you Chicken"
posted by daver at 9:53 AM on August 24, 2005
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good food, good meat, good vegetable, thank all those whose made it possible, let's eat/dive in.

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We thanks all animals and plants whose have died to give us food.
Let us eat consciously, resolving by our work to pay the debt of our existence.

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Also addressed to Nobody In Particular, I've said:
For the meal we are about to eat,
for those that made it possible,
and for those with whom we are about to share it,
we are thankful.

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For bacon, eggs, and buttered toast
Who eats the fastest gets the most!

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Earth who gives to us this food
Sun who makes it ripe and good
Dear Earth, dear Sun, by you we live
Our loving thanks to you we give.

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submitted by The Reverend Nancy Robinson:
Words Fit for a Feast
We celebrate this occasion
with food from the earth.
May it fill us with fellowship
and add to our mirth.

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“Before we enjoy this celebration meal, let us think for a moment of three things:

Firstly let us be mindful of those in our human family who will not be eating today.

Secondly let us be aware all our fellow human beings who made this feast possible. Those who grew, transported and made our meal, and those who serve and clean up after us.

Finally, let us make the most of the grand company we share today. May we leave this table fulfilled in body, mind and heart.”

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Nov 28, 2013 at 4:27 pm
That wasn’t meant to be an “offering”… just an observation.
Here’s a Thanksgiving secular grace I cooked up for tonight’s dinner:

We are grateful for the presence of those we love, for all the events and circumstances
which have made it possible for us to be here.

We are thankful for this food, for those who planted, grew, provided and prepared it.
We stand in awe-struck gratitude for the countless millions of stars which, by exploding,
provided the elements which make up everything we are and all we know.
We hope that, in the fullness of time, all peoples everywhere will have the bounty we are
grateful for today.



Meaning of life
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This part is for atheists and humanists

"What is the meaning of life?" is a question many people ask themselves at some point during their lives, most in the context "What is the purpose of life?".[10] Some popular answers include:

To realize one's potential and ideals[edit]
To chase dreams.[151]
To live one's dreams.[152]
To spend it for something that will outlast it.[153]
To matter: to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all.[153]
To expand one's potential in life.[152]
To become the person you've always wanted to be.[154]
To become the best version of yourself.[155]
To seek happiness[156][157] and flourish.[3]
To be a true authentic human being.[158]
To be able to put the whole of oneself into one's feelings, one's work, one's beliefs.[153]
To follow or submit to our destiny.[159][160][161]
To achieve eudaimonia,[162] a flourishing of human spirit.
To achieve biological perfection[edit]
To survive,[163] that is, to live as long as possible,[164] including pursuit of immortality (through scientific means).[165]
To live forever[165] or die trying.[166]
To adapt. Often to improve one's chances of success in another purpose; sometimes, as a purpose in itself (adapting to adapt).
To evolve.[167]
To replicate, to reproduce.[151] "The 'dream' of every cell is to become two cells."[168][169][170][171]
To seek wisdom and knowledge[edit]
To expand one's perception of the world.[152]
To follow the clues and walk out the exit.[172]
To learn as many things as possible in life.[173]
To know as much as possible about as many things as possible.[174]
To seek wisdom and knowledge and to tame the mind, as to avoid suffering caused by ignorance and find happiness.[175]
To face our fears and accept the lessons life offers us.[159]
To find the meaning or purpose of life.[176][177]
To find a reason to live.[178]
To resolve the imbalance of the mind by understanding the nature of reality.[179]
To do good, to do the right thing[edit]
To leave the world as a better place than you found it.[151]
To do your best to leave every situation better than you found it.[151]
To benefit others.[6]
To give more than you take.[151]
To end suffering.[180][181][182]
To create equality.[183][184][185]
To challenge oppression.[186]
To distribute wealth.[187][188]
To be generous.[189][190]
To contribute to the well-being and spirit of others.[191][192]
To help others,[3][190] to help one another.[193]
To take every chance to help another while on your journey here.[151]
To be creative and innovative.[191]
To forgive.[151]
To accept and forgive human flaws.[194][195]
To be emotionally sincere.[153]
To be responsible.[153]
To be honorable.[153]
To seek peace.[153]
To love, to feel, to enjoy the act of living[edit]
To love more.[151]
To love those who mean the most. Every life you touch will touch you back.[151]
To treasure every enjoyable sensation one has.[151]
To seek beauty in all its forms.[151]
To have fun or enjoy life.[159][191]
To seek pleasure[153] and avoid pain.[215]
To be compassionate.[153]
To be moved by the tears and pain of others, and try to help them out of love and compassion.[151]
To love others as best we possibly can.[151]
To eat, drink, and be merry.[216]
To have power, to be better[edit]
To strive for power[70] and superiority.[215]
To rule the world.[160]
To know and master the world.[203][217]
To know and master nature.[218]
Life has no meaning[edit]
Life or human existence has no real meaning or purpose because human existence occurred out of a random chance in nature, and anything that exists by chance has no intended purpose.[179]
Life has no meaning, but as humans we try to associate a meaning or purpose so we can justify our existence.[151]
There is no point in life, and that is exactly what makes it so special.[151]
One should not seek to know and understand the meaning of life[edit]
The answer to the meaning of life is too profound to be known and understood.[179]
You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.[151]
The meaning of life is to forget about the search for the meaning of life.[151]

Ultimately, a person should not ask what the meaning of their life is, but rather must recognize that it is they themselves who are asked. In a word, each person is questioned by life; and they can only answer to life by answering for their own life; to life they can only respond by being responsible.[219]

Life is bad[edit]
Better never to have been.[220]
People will always experience pain (harm) which outweighs any pleasure. Not coming into existence means people will not experience pain, nor will they be disadvantaged by not experiencing pleasure as they do not exist. This is described as the asymmetry of pleasure and pain (see antinatalism).[221]

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