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    The key concept of Religious Naturalism that has had the most impact on me is the understanding of our deep interconnectedness. In this context, my purpose feels obvious. In the same way that the microorganisms in my body have a purpose to keep me alive and healthy, I have a purpose to help those in my community and family flourish. In a global sense, our collective purpose seems straight-forward, prevent the extinction of the human race.

    All living beings are born able to perform the most vital instinct to their survival. Giraffes come out of the womb able to run for their lives. We are born crying for help. We tend to think of purpose in individualistic terms, but we are so clearly reliant on other living beings for everything we do. Our purpose has to extend to those who allow us to thrive, or they will die out, and so will we.