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Spirituality- a fresh outlook

Updated on June 29, 2011

Your spirit is yours!

Too many times, people are "judged" on their spirituality. As a non-religious man, a near atheist, I know this too well.

Am I not a spiritual being because I don't adhere to the writings in a script or text? Why would that be so?

I'm a very honest man- one who believes that doing the right thing, regardless of gain or consequences is right. I have thicker moral fiber than many people who "claim to be" Godly, or faithful.

If you examine most texts, they all have a singular theme; don't be a piece of shit. Honesty, loyalty and self-love are born into all of us. I don't need a user manual to know this. I don't do the gracious things that I do, or not do the bad that I don't because I expect or fear rewards or punishment in an afterlife.

Fear shouldn't govern one's ability or desire to be good! Being a decent human, being capable of love and honesty should. I expect no reward for the good deeds that I do, just as I don't fear otherworldly punishment for the mistakes I make.

If I'm a bad person, I feel badly about that. This is who I am, not what I was taught. My spirit is the driving force inside me. I was born with that will. I could never imagine the need to rely on rewards for my humanity. My reward comes from knowing that I'm the kind of person that I would like to know- a loyal friend- an honest person- someone who knows the difference between right and wrong.

Next time you have to look outside yourself for strength, remember this; strength comes from within. The placebo effect that you experience from coveting some reward or admonishment detracts from who you are! Be at peace with who you are and do good things- do them because it's right, and it makes you and another- even someone you may not know happy.

Good is good. If you're always honest with others AND yourself, good will always be in your life. Good people will take notice, and they'll be there 'til you draw your last breath. Will your "congregation" be there that long?


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      Robert Erich 5 years ago from California

      I like you Joe. You are definitely a quality individual. I can tell that you are someone who is a pain in the butt and sincerely honest about life. We need more people with your sincerity - especially as Christians... :)

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      Joe Cseko jr 5 years ago from New York, USA, Earth

      Good sir, you make a very strong point here. I believe an even stronger point based on some comment I made regarding one of your articles- they weren't flattering, if I remember correctly.

      So, you prove your point by being the 'bigger man' and complimenting me on this work. I will reevaluate my behavior and make amends. Thank you

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      Robert Erich 5 years ago from California

      Well hey Joe,

      If you are living the way that this article implies, then I believe that you are being a much better Christian than most Christians. Good job. And although it is sadly true that many Christians seem to follow God for an easier life or to gain something to come, that is not what being a Christian is about. Really, being a Christian should be - much like you said - about loving and accepting others. The plus about believing in a God who is returning is that you can be positive and optimistic, even when people treat you poorly.

      As for me removing your articles from my post, I did it not because they were critiques. I love critiques. But because of the language that you use in your writing. I work with high school students and many of them know about my articles here. I do not want them reading through and associating that language with me. I hope as a man "much older and with much more experience", you can respect this. Thanks Joe.

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      SEM Pro 6 years ago from North America

      Ah joecseko, refreshing indeed. I believe some "get it", and well, some have not yet. Undoubtedly, you hit the nail on the head with the honesty aspect. Yet, there are consequences to all we do - w or w/o an agenda. In this school of duality, both animalistic survival and compassionate understanding are in our dna. For millenia, those who felt as we do were persecuted, martyred, murdered and exploited - hoping to survive by huddling together protectively. I totally agree: we are fundamentally loving and caring - which is the message many "manifestations of God" have attempted to remind us of - hoping to reach the persecutors' core. Unfortunately, the ones who wanted to maintain "control", are the ones who wrote the most widely read manual :(

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      Joe Cseko jr 6 years ago from New York, USA, Earth

      Why, thank you, RedElf. That means a lot coming from you. I've read many of your works, and have a great deal of respect for your viewpoints, as well as your writing prowess.

      Not to exclude anyone else, of course. All of the comments are thoughtful and well articulated. :-)

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      RedElf 6 years ago from Canada

      I like you words - I respect the way you shoot from the hip and call it the way you see it. You're so right - there is a huge difference between being a decent, loving human being, and merely following a set of rules. Bravo

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      Primpo 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York

      I have to agree with that! Love the way you write

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      syras mamun 6 years ago

      You said it so well that fear should not govern our ability to do good things.I think honesty and spirituality are intertwined-perhaps honesty is the core of spirituality.Thank you :)

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      Apostle Jack 6 years ago from Atlanta Ga

      Progress of spirit will take one beyond the common to a better way of ones ability in education and performance.

      The outcome tells the story beyond philosophy.Life is how one chooses it to be....and we all will not make the same choice.