Behold the atheist who thinks himself the most noble of man—he who makes charitable giving even more of an egocentric process than the believer. Instead of, “look at how great I am serving the one above us,” it is, “look at how great I am.” The former is abject submission, the latter is ostentation in its highest form.
No, I as a member of the nonreligious do not do good because it’s right, I do it because it is admirable, and I have been conditioned to like feeling admired, in the same way most of the world has. I make no theatrical claims about morality; it is a creed of thought that will bring about a more pleasant existence for those around me, and by consequence, for myself.
There is no need to dress it up, a love for humanity brings about a desired response in the world; this is simple and useful enough on its own.
There is no need for fairies.