I said that the people around us, society in general, and the actions we view as children corrupt our basic goodness — perhaps more easily in some than others. I didn’t say we are born without negative attributes and inclinations. I said we are born with a basic sense of right and wrong.

I did not say the world around us is good or safe, hence there exists a need to protect ourselves. Once goodness is compromised, we rely on fear of a god, whether that god exists or not, and, by extension, the fear of societal punishment to control behavior.

Where does our goodness come from, where do we come from? Some power greater than we can comprehend, I’m sure. In my opinion, a power far different than the god-being we have invented.

The question was what if there is no god, not do you believe in god. My answer was that in spite of innate goodness, we become corrupted and we’ve created a god (or gods) to control that situation. Whether that god is real or not is irrelevant. The religions that grow around that god are the problems, not the belief in that god.

My final statement was that we are entrenched in that belief and I wonder if people would change their destructive behaviors if not for the fear of punishment by and the hope of forgiveness from that god.

I said nothing about not locking doors or that wrongdoing by individuals was a creation of religion.

I was always a writer but lived in a bookkeeper’s body before I found Medium and broke free — well, almost. Working to work less and write more.

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