We Believe ...
Aristippus (c.435-356 B.C.E.)
* The purpose of life is personal happiness.
*Your world revolves around YOU. You have Your own work ethic, choose where You live, choose Your friends and personal relationships, create Your home and work environment. If You are not happy and cannot work things out, change either Your perception or Your life.
* Overindulgence and excess beyond Your ability, or beyond what Your body or financial situation can handle is not rational.
*No self-destructive behavior.
*No illegal, narcotic drugs which deaden the mind, sicken and weaken the body, and destroy creativity and motivation.
*Your body is a living Temple and You only get one. Take care of it.
*Avoid or weed out people who wear You out, always pulling You into their drama and problems; leeching Your time, money and attention; sucking Your energy, leaving You feeling drained; people who take much and add little or nothing to Your life.
*No one is born a "sinner".
*Men and women are wired to be sexually responsive creatures. Desire for physical pleasure is natural and normal, bonding, and not only for reproduction.
*No life is predestined. You have free choice and free will.
*Make the best of the life you have, but not to the point where you are so content that you stagnate and never improve or achieve more.
*Life is now, now is all you get, NO ONE actually knows with certainty what happens when one dies, therefore live life to the fullest, as if every day is your last, so as not to look back with any regrets.
*The so-called "seven sins" are a creation of the traditional churches. They are actually natural human behavior and gratifying as long as they are not overindulged to the point of self-harm.
*Children and animals are to be protected from cruelty.
*Control your environment to the best You are able.
*Surround Yourself with positive and/or inspirational things that maximize Your creativity and make You happy.
*Your actions have consequences. Do not make commitments such as having children or pets if You are not willing to make a long term commitment of time, teaching, love, and involvement.
*Repressing feelings is counterproductive and unhealthy. Expressing them appropriately at the proper time is good.
*Protect Your own self-interests, goals, and the things that bring You happiness against Your family, any group, society and/or institution.
*You make Your own luck and opportunity.
Your body is a temple holding the Essence of You. After death the soul, that Essence of "You", is no longer there. The truth is, no one really knows what happens to the soul after death.
It is the fear of death that causes humans much anxiety, a fear based on man-made religious teachings of different versions of "heaven" or "hell", and to which one may end up.
"Non fui, fui, non sum, non curo", meaning, "I was not; I have been; I am not; I do not mind" (Epicurus)
Death deprives us only of feeling pleasure. In ceasing to be, we are no longer able to experience anything at all.
"Death ..., the most awful of evils, is nothing to us, seeing that, when we are, death is not come, and, when death is come, we are not. It is nothing, then, either to the living or to the dead, for with the living it is not and the dead exist no longer" (Letter to Menoeceus,” in Jason Saunders, p. 50).
Is it possible that, once freed from the shell of the body, there is a continued existence of the soul, personal or not? It is impossible to rationally know for certain. Funerals are a celebration of the life lived, for the benefit of those left behind.
What is more important while you are alive, is creating a legacy that lives on after you. Your hand-built or creative work and achievements, visual (photos and videos) and written blogs, journals, your children, etc.