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A discussion has been opened on this Reflection. To add your comments to the debate, please use the contact page. God-fearing Christians obey the Ten Commandments, if I understand the doctrine correctly, not because they necessarily believe them to be intrinsically right, but because they fear they may otherwise not receive the desired heaven ticket on Judgment Day. That is in itself Mama Talk To Your - Various - 100 MP3 Hits Blues fairly logical position to take, if you happen to believe in God, Heaven and Entrance Requirements, and if you are — like so many others- motivated by high rewards, or what you may wish to call a smidgen of self-interest.
What such a position has to do with morality, however, escapes me as it would escape philosophers such as J. Yet these are the same people who deny me, as an agnostic, any access to morality. Sorry chum, morality is for the religious In The Springtime Of His Voodoo - Tori Amos - Boys For Pele, not for mindless animals like you.
Many Christians and indeed Muslims, Hindu and many of the the more intellectually minded pagans maintain that their faith guarantees them the moral high ground —indeed the ONLY moral ground- by inverting this reasoning and pointing it inside-out at agnostics.
The thinking is: why should anyone i. Or for the more negatively inclined: endless purgatory, sorrowful rebirth, eternal torture, etcetera if you get it wrong. And so the reasoning concludes: you agnostics simply cannot be moral, because you have nothing to gain and nothing to fear fear from being so!
Again, this reasoning is comprehensible only from the viewpoint of self-interest —a viewpoint which in my limited vocabulary equates to either immorality or amorality when used as an ethical basis. Many people with strange ideas do good things, and many right deeds are committed for the wrong reasons. Many moral acts are committed with a perverse kind of il legitimacy, and that is, in a greater human context, probably Label Me - New Morality - Fear Of Nothing as well.
It can be argued that killing Hitler in would have been a great idea, even if the possible perpetrators happened to be largely motivated by personal gain. All of these actions could in nthe aftermath prove to have been beneficial to mankind —as could not doing so. But does that make any of them intrinsically moral? Surely not. Nevertheless, when it comes to morality, agnostics have an unfair advantage over all others: we are moral or immoral because we want to be, not because we have been forced, threatened or coerced into it.
That is not to say that there are more moral agnostics than moral worshippers. But I do know that we, in theory, have it easier. That is offensive not only to me, but also to the forces of reason.
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So, moving on: what is truth? Hey guys, give me a break, how should I know? Even a lie that has been pervasively repeated for over two thousand years. Reflections on Ethics 91 Is fear really the true essence of morality?
Is fear the true essence of morality? Strange… Many Christians and indeed Muslims, Hindu and many of the the more intellectually minded pagans maintain that their faith guarantees them the moral high ground —indeed the ONLY moral ground- by inverting this reasoning and pointing it inside-out at agnostics. Consider: Surely the essence of morality is doing what is right regardless of any collateral detriment to oneself?
Surely the Duologue No.1 - Dick Katz - Piano & Pen of morality is doing what is right regardless of any possible reward? And surely the essence of deciding what is right and Label Me - New Morality - Fear Of Nothing should lie, ultimately, in independent soul-searching rather than carefully guided scripture exegesis?
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