Editor’s Note: When I asked Mason Lane to write a personal “Credo,” he sent me two! His creed, written years ago, is about his panentheism – how he feels and what he strives for. The “Credo” focuses on humanism – how to act in the world. Both are good models for living and I thank him for sharing them with us. Coming next on The Rational Doubt Blog — Chris Highland’s creed.
By Mason Lane
I am the Universe; the Universe is me. We are one. There is no separation, no dualism. There are no deities. I find the greatest peace and centeredness in this understanding.
I do my best to treat others as I’d like to be treated. It is the wise, prudent, and intelligent way to live.
I strive to understand and align myself with the natural laws of the Universe. Not to do so is to attract pain and disaster, and there is already enough coming to each of us, without inviting more. Science, with all its wonders, risks and dangers, is our only legitimate lens of reality, both macro and micro.
I strive to avoid ignorance, greed, and anger. Three great sources of self-destruction. Live, laugh, love is where I prefer to hang out.
The Universe is prone to cruelty, unfairness, chaos, and the abhorrent. I will not emulate that example.
I find magic in peace, love, quietness, music, Nature, and all the arts.
I agree with Ekhart Tolle’s saying, “You are the Universe expressing itself as a human for a little while.” We are never, annihilated, just transformed into the next expression.
My statement and elaboration of the beliefs and aims that guide my daily actions.
PARITY: Treat others as I want to be treated. This is my fundamental behavior worldview and morality core, but this alone without specificity is a recipe for disaster. It would be like telling someone to drive safely, and calling it a Driver Education Course. So here are the vital components of the whole, my Ten Commandments
- MUTUAL RESPECT: Mutual respect is required in all of my relationships, of any kind.
- SYNERGY: Agreeable synergy must be the central component in all of my relationships.
- FORGIVENESS: Forgiveness can be warranted and reasonably given, or be a decidedly inane concept. The belief that a person can be forgiven of heinous crimes like rape, murder, horrendous violence, or embezzlement of peoples’ life savings is a despicable precept. Even more disgusting is the cruel religious idea that a rape/murder victim could end up in some fantasy Heaven happily together with her perpetrator, via “forgiveness”.
- VICTIMIZATION: I will not victimize others nor be a victim. I will not ignore red warning flags by entertaining a Pollyanna mindset, wearing rose colored glasses, or adopting an absurd ancient edict like “Turn the other cheek,” which only serves to foster masochism and enable tyrants and bullies.
- VITALITY: I will live a life of continuing curiosity, utilizing the scientific method and critical thinking, offering and accepting love, requiring mutual responsibility and earned trust, practicing perseverance, simplicity, and avoidance of toxic people, as long as I’m physically and mentally able. My opinions are always subject to evidentiary information. My opinions will be tested in discussion and debate.
- CHARITY: I will engage in charitable actions and not engage in worthless yet popular human clichés such as, “My heart goes out to you or I’ll pray for you”.
- REVENGE: Revenge is always an option in reserve, but must be used as judiciously and carefully as forgiveness. Justice warranted and served is justice, regardless the source.
- BELIEVING: I will not believe anything without verifiable, credible, and substantiated evidence. Blind faith belief is the indoctrinated default employed by the intellectually lethargic, and I’ll not be part of that crowd.
- SIGNIFICANT OTHER/FRIENDSHIPS/FAMILY: My significant other love, family, and the close friendships I develop and cultivate are the best mirrors of the person that I am.
- EUTHANASIA: I will do my best to maintain physical and mental health and I also possess the unalienable right to terminate my life if it becomes unalterably physically or mentally untenable.
Bio: Mason Lane: As a credulous child, I was raised Christian fundamentalist Baptist. I later became a glory-shouting Pentecostal and was ordained by the Christian Faith Church Pentecostal in Mishawaka Indiana. I ceased believing in the irrational and supernatural at age 30, thanks primarily to reading the “bible”, and thinking simultaneously. At the time of my de-supernaturalizing, I was General Manager of WHME-FM radio station in South Bend, Indiana, a Christian radio station and Pastor of Christian Faith Church in Mishawaka, Indiana. I resigned both positions and moved to Phoenix, Arizona where I became dean of students at DeVry University.
I’m still a person of faith. My faith is now in Science, Nature, Love, Friends, Family, Music, Humor, Art, US Constitution, the 5,000 year old Golden Rule, and Separation of Religion and State.
>>>>>By NASA, ESA, H. Teplitz and M. Rafelski (IPAC/Caltech), A. Koekemoer (STScI), R. Windhorst (Arizona State University), and Z. Levay (STScI) – http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2014/27/image/a/ (image link), Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=33189266