PROPER GOAL AND PURPOSE OF RELIGION

By Robert M. Dunn

The proper goal of religion is achievement, achievement of a life for man that is consistent with his positive potentialities (as opposed to religions whose goal is salvation, which is negative and defensive, and which is destructive instead of life sustaining). Achievement, as a positive view of life, is calculated to be virtuous, as virtue consists essentially in the efficient functioning of a thing for the purpose of realizing itself.

The universe simply exists and has a specific nature. The universe and all its elements act according to their specific, non-contradictory nature. If men, through ignorance, error, or otherwise, seek to deal with existence as if it were different than it is, they do so at their peril and they are doomed to fail. It is in man's own self interest to discover and under­stand the nature of the universe and act consistently therewith.

As a being of self-made soul, it behooves each person to take what he has and make the most of it for himself. Each person should simply seek his own moral perfection. Since no one may morally initiate the use of force or fraud, the pursuit of moral perfection can never result in harm to others. On the contrary, by virtue of the nature of human life and the principle of division of labor, there are incalculable benefits that flow to all when each strives to maximize the value of his own life to himself.

Through achievement we may each seek happiness, which is the ultimate purpose of religion, and the proper moral purpose of human life.

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