When you don’t follow any religion, you have to find your Gods elsewhere to avoid not going insane. What I mean is, we all need something to believe in–anything to help us come to terms with what’s unknown. My higher powers these days include Buddhist proverbs, astrology, and a collection of sentences from my favorite books.
We all have individual hierarchies of beauty and hygiene importance, which often read as superficial. But leaving it at that is shortsighted–for my writerly ass, at least. If we really consider what it is that we privilege over the myriad other options, out choices tend to spell something out about our larger values or interests.