By Theo Brooks
The divine stiff looked not a little surprised as two men looked in a horrified manner at a third man with a lantern, bushy moustache and smoking gun.
“We killed god!” ranted the madman. The two nodded, they knew they had nothing to do with it but it seemed safer to agree.
The madman ran off.
“Without God” pondered the first being “there is no longer any absolute morality, it has become relative. If a society agrees upon a certain moral code then for all purposes good and bad are now the social agreements. The good is now in flux for it will be one thing here and another over there.”
“I can’t agree” responded the second “I never thought that god (humanity bless her soul) had the slightest affect upon the good, the moral. Yet I still have a vision of the good that is beyond just what society dictates.
Remember Socrates? He died in part maintaining an ethical stance which was alien at the time to the society of Athens. Were both ethical systems equal or was one closer to what it is to live a moral life? On a primitive level isn’t good to have food and can’t you infer that it is good for others like yourself to have food?
Consider a law that condemned gays and lesbians to death. This is accepted as moral by the society at the time. This belief of what is moral is based upon ignorance and the acceptance of a dogmatic religion. With knowledge and the critical reason, the morality of a society becomes more ethical.”
“You’re just placing your own beliefs upon the past in a show of moral superiority” objected the first.
“I argue” continued the second “that we do know more of what the good is now than then. No let me finish. To justify that the world is like such (flat, square or even a sphere) by pointing to a dogmatic text is ludicrous. So also is it with the good. A group that sticks to its dogmatic definition of what is good will soon find themselves at odds with a society which is founded upon critical reason, not because the morals to come from critical reason have simply changed but because they have improved. The good is the optimum way of interacting with others. We find out what this is through the growth of knowledge e.g. women are not inferior to men; more knowledge means a better understanding of how to treat each other as well as a growth in empathy. Knowledge also needs the companion of critical reason; the more rational people are the more moral. The acceptance of the gay community into society is not good because society says it is good, it is good because it is good. The good remains good if it be here or Iran.”
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