Why these three particular principles and not others?
A vast number of principles can be stated. These three are among the most basic and important to
realize and put into practice. They are also the ones that tend to be most discouraged by Christian belief,
and by other traditional religions.
Physical matter is not alive in any sense that we know of, so it cannot be a deity of any sort.
On how it came into existence we can speculate or fantasize, but of this we can be sure: The
ability to create is an aspect of our own nature.
Our universe is not characterized by uniformity but by the potential for infinite variability.
Strictly speaking, any exact duplication of anything is impossible. Just the fact that they are
made of different molecules means they are different, and because they are in different spatial
locations, that also means they are different. In practical terms, from the perspective of
humans, additional differences always occur. For these reasons, no two circumstances can
ever be exactly the same, and therefore no book or set of guidelines is ever going to be capable
of perfectly and completely describing what is good or right.
A man cannot be master of every possible force, and the ability of humans is not consistent
or uniform; therefore, ultimately, it is the individual himself who is responsible for
understanding his own limitations, developing his own abilities, and establishing his own
authority in the degree that is most suitable.
Exceptions occur, but speaking generally of mature adults, no one can know better than
oneself what one's own circumstance consists of and what one's own abilities are, and
because of this, only the individual himself can truly be the master of his own circumstance.
Whether this is good or evil is beside the point. It is only a reality of things.
Every living thing has a creative aspect within itself, and this can be said to be divine.
What is it, that is most in one's own enlightened self interest?
Every human being must answer this question for himself, and the answer may be different
from one individual to another, and from one circumstance to the next. This is not a
recommendation, advice, or dogma. It is simply a fact.
On no terms or conditions will I worship a god I do not fully know. Nor can I worship what I
do know fully. So worship not at all but simply live. Maybe I don't know the best way to get
where I am going. Maybe I don't have everything I will need when I get there. But I know, at
least, where I would lead me. Therefore, in me I trust.
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