I love Ricky...a bit too snarky for me sometimes, because I think people should believe in a god if that's what they need to believe in, but I've thought this very same thing all throughout my adult life.
"I believe that the very purpose of our life is to seek happiness. That is clear. Whether one believes in religion or not, whether one believes in this religion or that religion, we all are seeking something better in life. So, I think, the very motion of our life is towards happiness.” —His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama ..*
Anthropology of Religion | The 'Golden Rule' is actually quite universal. "And if all who profess to believe this would practice it, what a different world there would be." LiberatingDivineConsciousness.com
In Saudia Arabia and other Islamic nations, Edgar Allan Poe would have been sentenced to 1,000 lashes or killed for this statement. Not all that different from what Ted Cruz would do, if he had the power. Religion stifles our greatest minds.