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brontoraptor
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2/7/2016 10:46:10 PM
Posted: 10 months ago
Do you act according to what you believe in or what you lack belief in?
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augcaesarustus
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2/8/2016 5:01:08 AM
Posted: 10 months ago
At 2/7/2016 10:46:10 PM, brontoraptor wrote:
Do you act according to what you believe in or what you lack belief in?

This is an interesting question. As a non-theist I can say that I try to act according to what is legal, and what I know to be right - that is acting in accordance with the principle of non-violence: to cause no harm to another person, either physically, emotionally or psychologically.
Double_R
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2/13/2016 4:45:51 PM
Posted: 9 months ago
At 2/7/2016 10:46:10 PM, brontoraptor wrote:
Do you act according to what you believe in or what you lack belief in?

What we believe. Such beliefs include:

- I exist
- You, and every other person I interact with exists
- My actions have consequences
- I feel emotions
- Other people appear to experience the same emotions I do, therefore they likely are sharing such emotions
- The laws of logic are a necessary starting point with regards to comprehending reality

Should I go on?
DanneJeRusse
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2/13/2016 4:49:48 PM
Posted: 9 months ago
At 2/7/2016 10:46:10 PM, brontoraptor wrote:
Do you act according to what you believe in or what you lack belief in?

Yes, the latter, I never gamble anymore because I kept losing money betting on the leprechauns riding unicorns in the Kentucky Derby. You see, I lacked belief in reality at that time.
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