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We come from a world very different from yours. You may find it strange, but please try to understand us before you judge. Make no mistake, we do not lack morals. We merely have different morals. Our morality is based on compassion, not rules.
We have different virtues and different vices. Our virtues include curiosity, tolerance, and even doubt. Our vices include faith, bigotry, and willful ignorance.
We are not offended by criticism. We are offended by hate. The only words we censor are ones that demonize those who are immutably different.
We tolerate the responsible use of mind-altering chemicals, and recognize that those who abuse it need help, not a cage.
We tolerate responsible promiscuity, and respect the privacy and the preferences of individuals who differ from ourselves.
We recognize that the sanctity of a truly sacred bond between two people cannot be lessened by someone else's.
We do not forgive in the same sense that you do, because we do not believe in guilt. We make mistakes, and sometimes we even harm each other, but when this happens we do not turn to ritual sacrifice. In our world, further harm to an innocent third party does nothing. It only adds to the total suffering, and does not subtract from the harm that was done. So when we trespass our neighbors, we seek to repair the damage. And when the damage is irreversible, we can only move on, learn from our mistake, accept the consequences, and try to do better, as always.
We do not believe in free will. We believe we are a product of genetics and experiences set on a predetermined path. Yet we hold each other responsible, because this is the only way to maintain order for the greater good. Justice is our artificial karma.
We strive to be right, but reserve the right to be wrong. In fact, we constantly try to prove ourselves wrong. This may seem strange and self-defeating to you, but we do this because we honestly want to know if we're wrong. If we are, we deserve criticism, not punishment. We cannot seek the truth objectively while under threat to reach a certain conclusion.
We believe it is far better to say "I don't know" than to fib. To assert a fable in the absence of confirmed knowledge is to be a coward of the dark. We embrace the unknown, and march unflinching into the darkness of our own ignorance, bearing the light of inquiry.
We begin with what we can see, hear, and touch. Reality is our starting point. No book or person is immune to criticism. Reality is our ultimate authority.
We do not share your view that ignorance is innocence. Instead, we strive for knowledge and understanding, to better ourselves. We do not overly shelter our young, because we know that experience is what makes them grow.
We have no God. We are headless, but not mindless. Total submission is not an option, so we must each bear the burden of the responsibility to think. Thus, our intellect is decentralized and distributed, yet in total we move as one, because an honest pursuit of truth tends to lead to unanimous conclusions.
In spite of all these things, in our world your ways are tolerated. You would have all the same rights you enjoy at home, except one. You do not have the right to force others to conform to your ways, because that would be a violation of their rights. If you cannot respect this one rule, you will not be welcome. But if you change your mind, there will always be room for one more.
We come from a world very different from yours, but do not mistake our strangeness for evil. We know not of your invisible horned villain. We were not sent by him. We are neither angels nor demons. We are something else entirely. We come from a world that does't exist. Yet.