I have just a few minutes before I am tasked with taking care of things around the house so I wanted to comment on something.
Morality can be had without being religious. Yes, that is right I do not believe that you have to have faith and or believe in G-d to be a moral person who has character and integrity.
You can call me naive, but I believe that people are not born with original sin. I believe that we enter the world with a clean slate and how we inscribe that slate is of our own choosing. We are responsible for our actions and those actions can be good. They can be altruistic and giving without the influence of religion. They can also be evil.
But good and evil are not the sole province of the religious person or the atheist. Smarter people than I have composed essays on this that are much more eloquent and more logical, so I won’t try and recreate the wheel.
One need not be afraid of eternal punishment to understand the benefits and rewards of acting morally. For that matter I intensely dislike the concept that man cannot be good without the threat of fire and brimstone or the incentive of eternal life or any similar concepts.
Being good and acting ethically to me are practical matters. Not only are they the correct way to do things, but they make my life much easier. So if for no othe reason then my own selfish needs, I would want to behave morally and ethically. Being a mensch is important.