December 5, 2017
Morality... It ain't just religion.
I study morality. It's funny that a friend of mine says you should call it ethics... the word "morlity" had too much religious connotation for him. OK, but murder and rape are not ethical violations, they are moral violations.
Many years ago I said that we were going to need to replace our current (learned component) moral system inherited from history that is based on authority and prescedence with one based on reason and understanding or it will not be used. Our current system simply cannot be defended without invoking an authority that derives from a God.
My friends are militant Dawkins type athiests (actually more so than even him). I used to ask what would replace religion for husbanding morality and the reply was rote that "we have moral instincts so we don't need moral education". That is not how it works in nature for humans. There is always a genetic and learned component. Both are critical.
I think what we see here from this article and so many other cases in society such as from bullying to tolerance of political corruption, is a lack of moral education leading to a prevalance and tolerance of immoral behavior. The problem is we don't have a defensible moral standard available any more to judge the right and wrong of it. That is what morality is for... judging right and wrong. After decades of work, I have the parts to describe both moral instinct and moral systems that we can use in the future based on reason and logic, backed by a non-arbitrary (and non-religious and non-human) authority. I actually posted the first page of it... total rough draft on zagwap.com. I'll update it tonight (12/5) to the rewritten version that makes sense if you are interested. ... Of course, I've never met anyone interested.