Posted: 18 September 2011 at 8:54pm | IP Logged
Originally posted by return_to_hades
The universe and nature seem neutral at best. They are not interested in punishing the sinner and rewarding the virtuous - everyone is equal in the laws of the universe.
Human morality is subjective. It is dependent on human experience, culture, society and the brain of the individual. That makes every moral decision or judgment - relative and not absolute right?
But the question still bugs me - if the universe and nature is neutral - why do I have morality? Why am I not constant like gravity or consistent like mathematics? How did the neutral forces of nature produces something that is subjective, inconsistent and driven by a complex mixture of emotions and reason?
Admitting that we are unique in the universe in that we are endowed with the ability to think, create emotions and take actions, it makes perfect sense to know that our moral intuitions were formed in the evolutionary process .. Our actions have ramifications, not just for us but others too and that obligates us to have a deeper understanding of right action in every aspect of our lives..
Interesting thing is that our sense of morality keeps us from giving in to our natural instincts, both being result of evolution..
Once we admit that fundamental moral principles are based in the well being of mankind, we can see that morality is as much scientific as it is spiritual..Having said that though, I don't think spiritual nature of morality should be applied to the rest of the universe..
Morality does not change over the years but beliefs about morality that are acquired from social norms and religious teachings changes through generations as in case of slavery.. Moral beliefs about thou shall not kill, lie, cheat, deceive has always existed in mankind and people of diverse religious and ethical persuasions represent it with great consistency..
Every person has potential to be a moral hero, to ponder what is right and take the benevolent action, but in reality it is a challenge because our actions are mostly based on emotions than thoughts.. Surprisingly and evidently, when facing moral dilemmas such as aborting baby to save mothers life, our emotions do not have much affect on our decision compared to when there is no clear cut answer and the situation demands less emotion and more reasoning..
Good moral reasoning is the foundation of good moral action or Karma if you will.