Society — Emmef

Being nice and respect for each other are both very important. If this needs to be put in a single sentence, it would look something like

“You must be able to be who you are, unless that prohibits others from being themselves”

As a set of rules it could look like:

  1. You are identified by all the aspects that are you, including beliefs, world-views, race, sexuality, likes and so on.
  2. You have the right to live according to the above, unless that would result in limiting that same right for others

This may be a little abstract, so let's enumerate some consequences.



More elaborate ways of describing this are the cornerstone of many books of Faith, though these often define additional guidelines. These additonal guidelines are often understandable in a contemporary context. If it turns out that certain foods or beverages are not good for people1, it makes sense to forbid them. As long as the additional guidelines are kept up-to-date with reality and otherwise not forced upon others, there is absolutely nothing wrong with faith.


When an authority cherry-picks guidelines, makes them hard-wired and they are forced as the only Truth upon followers, we have a religion. And often it considers “others” – non followers of this particular religion – as evil, stupid or lesser people that need to be converted.

Religion is a tool for political ends: instead of truth, the political ends are its goal and the followers its means.