Our doctrine is limited to four sacred vows or promises to which each member solemnly pledges themselves. Beyond that, it is up to each individual to think for himself or herself, but there are some additional principles upon which most members agree, and which may be helpful to nonmembers in gaining a deeper understanding of the general nature of the fundamental premises which tend to unite us. Some of these principles are:
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- Truth is that which corresponds to, is validated by, the facts of reality;
- Reason, or perhaps some might say common sense, is the faculty which identifies (conceptualizes/names) and integrates (puts into place) the material provided by our senses;
- Nature is uniform (the Law of Causality)--the same cause in the same circumstance will produce the same effect;
- Thoughts, propositions, statements, and descriptions may be contradictory, but there are no contradictions in reality;
- Humans are capable of contextually-certain knowledge but are not infallible;
- Humans have the capacity to know the facts of reality but are not omniscient;
- Life-long happiness is the moral purpose of life;
- Egoism, otherwise known as selfishness or rational self-interest is the proper human moral doctrine;
- Morality is objective--all that which adds to, promotes and enhances meaningful human life is the good, the moral, and all that which subtracts from, diminishes or destroys meaningful human life is the bad, the immoral, and that human survival depends upon adherence to objective morality;
- The human consciousness, the human soul, is sacred.
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