In long-ago India ordinary people would take refuge in a patron, landowner, king, teacher, or god to protect them from harm and from the miseries of life. Although we are miles away in space and time from the days of the Buddha, suffering still comes to us in many forms from the not-so-subtle upsets and tragedies to the almost unnoticed everyday irritations that befall each of us moment by moment.
The Buddha gave the world a refuge and pointed the way out of the cycle of pain and suffering. He invited us to take a look, try out his teachings, see for ourselves whether they work. Buddhism is free of dogma and compulsion. None of the teachings need be accepted on faith alone. Buddhism is not about belief or blind faith, but about doing. The Middle Way is a way of life lived within the framework morality and generosity.
...bring your attention to your breath. Then open the doors of your senses. Let the sensations flood in. See everything, feel everything, hear everything, smell everything within reach. Take a moment to be aware of the world around you, just as it is.
Thoughts on Morality
Here's an interesting series of articles on the foundations of morality and virtue. It's not overtly Buddhist, but it leads in that direction.