You are from a clan of atheists? But your post begins with a picture of your messiah(s). You have replaced god with a dictator. You follow the same morals that there are in the bible because they have now become mandatory under law. It is extremely unfortunate that wanting to rule and benefit ONE`S SELF is and always will be a fantasy.
First, I admit I don't know what you mean about dictators.
The question of morality is interesting. If you read the bible through and through, there's lots of different moralities in it. Lot for example, is considered moral even though he offers up his young daughters to a mob to be raped. Also, in the same place in Leviticus that god says laying with a man as you would a woman would dishonor him, he also says the same about planting your field with two different kinds of grains and wearing fabric made of two different kinds of fibers So all you lycra-spandex sluts watch out!
Honestly, my most important moral dictates is not to cause suffering and to alleviate it and injustice, you know, stand up for the powerless whenever possible, since the powerful are always being the schoolyard bullies. That's one reason why there were (and in many counties still are) all those child molester priests, they had absolute unchecked power.
But I think it's terrible that religious folk think the only reason people are moral is because there's an angry father looking at them from above ready to spank their asses in psycho revenge immeasurably worse than anything they did. An infinity of unspeakable suffering? Yeah, that seems about right for being human like you made us.
I did write a whole thing up a while ago ( scroll to the middle of this post) about why I use Catholic imagery despite not believing it, in an attempt to incorporate it into a greater synthesis, as I do all things I come upon.
Also, just cuz I don't believe a dude that existed in the void before anything existed (but was shaped in such a way as to interact with matter and gravity, cuz he made us after his image, which means in the void he had fingers/toes/tongue/lungs/digestive system... it's so mind-blowing) and just decided somehow to make everything... Just because I don't believe in that doesn't mean I don't believe in spirituality. Obviously I do, duh.
So my last thought on the whole matter is DUH! No it isn't! Anonymous, thank you for your thought-provoking comment. I'm trying very hard not to be sarcastic as I write this. Like saying it provoked more thought than it was written with. It's a joke!!! No really guys, I'm all for a little disagreement it gives me something to write about.
One last thought, stop thinking about ONE'S SELF (?) and give to the Jane Goodall Institute. Cuz chimps are made after our own image or something.