One of the most common and at the same time ridiculous arguments I hear from theists, usually the Christians, is that there is no morality without God, without the Bible, oh dear what are the atheists thinking when they say they still have morals, they must be nuts or closet theists. For some odd reason many theists have one heck of a time getting their mind around the idea of an atheistic morality, that is, any moral code that does not rely on a big guy in the sky telling everyone what's what. There are numerous ways to justify morality without ever even referencing a metaphysical being, what from deontology to virtue theory to utilitarianism, and all the little mixes in between. I won't delve into them all, because they are all beautifully sophisticated enough to justify more wordage than I intend to use. Rather, I shall give one strikingly simple yet incredibly hard to deny premise on which one can atheistically base a strong moral foundation, and it requires nothing more than a respect for reason If one were to hurt, steal, rape, kill, or perform any other action that took from another sentient being's happiness and desire to add to one's own happiness or desire, there is a tacitly assumed premise at work here that goes a little something like "My happiness and desires are more important than yours". This is an unsupportable premise. Therefore, it is irrational to place one's happiness and desires above the happiness and desires of other people. Therefore, it is irrational to hurt, steal, rape, kill, etc. Simple enough, and nowhere did I even mention the word God. If it's really that easy to come up with even a very simplistic and fundamental atheistic moral guideline, then why are so many convinced that such a thing is impossible? That was far from impossible. Quite easy in fact, took me less than a minute.