Saturday, August 1, 2009

Moral Absolut Best Served on the Rocks

All beliefs are what you hold as true, even when confronted with their opposite.

For most, they are self-fulfilling prophecies because action follows thought and, ultimately, we become what we believe to be true.
But to believe your absolutes are everyone’s absolutes is to deny that everything in life changes. What was true for you yesterday may not be true for you today. What is right for me may not be right, or worse, could be detrimental to you.

In life we like to deal in moral absolutes. They give us a false sense of security; an illusory certainty that allow us to make judgments we feel necessary to navigate the world.
Let’s face it, we are judgmental beings. We are comfortable knowing that we alone can determine what is best for everyone.

Failing that, we tend to rely on religion, or self-appointed moral leaders to determine what is best for you, me, and the rest of society. However, depending on where you live in the world, these can be vastly different absolutes. When in doubt, people use God, the Bible, the Koran, or anything else they believe will give them some semblance of moral authority to bolster their opinions. God forbid (and I think he does) you hold an opinion which differs from the cherished beliefs. Then you may be condemned (well, that’ll fix you, eh?) If you can’t be convinced, shamed, or ridiculed into compliance, then God will have his way with you in the end. Isn’t it interesting how religions have created a god who mimics a stern, judgmental human? Everything is allowed to grow and evolve except for beliefs which are supposed to remain stifled and stunted for eternity.

I think our gut feelings, our inner guidance, or moral compass is for us alone. Isn’t it somewhat sad to have religions perpetuate the notion that we cannot trust our own moral authority? Isn’t it wrong to seek another’s idea on what is the ultimate truth? And what if that truth evolves and ultimately changes, what then? If our inner guidance is custom-designed to speak solely to us, then how great is it that from early on we can begin to trust ourselves. We learn this notion from childhood where adults told us what was right or wrong way beyond the time necessary and we carry this into adulthood. We look outside ourselves for validation, correctness, and moral authority for so long as adults that we fail to see that we live like children, afraid to trust ourselves to determine what is right for us. You are weakened when you are told that moral authority resides outside yourself. It makes you dependent on someone else’s truths. And isn’t this what gets us into trouble in the first place?

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