Religion is important to me because it teaches many virtues and beautiful things. It teaches to love one another and not to cause harm. It teaches that life has meaning. Religion gives hope, optimism, and satisfaction. It gives purpose to life's experiences. It stretches people and makes them better. No matter who you are, or what religion you currently practice-- even if you practice none, there is much we can learn from the various religions of the world.
Buddhism teaches that life is a circle. When living things die, they make other living things. As such, Buddhism teaches to never harm another living thing. The Buddha taught the Eight Fold Path which would lead to the end of suffering. Buddhists learn to see things as they are, to take the middle road by not giving in to overindulgence or self deprecation, to continually improve oneself mentally and ethically. Buddhists should not engage in an occupation that would harm others-- humans or animals, thus a Buddhist would not sell weapons, raise animals for food, or deal in drugs or other poisons.