Whose Morality?

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The great struggle of philosophy is the definition of good and evil. These are supernatural descriptions of actions, not objects, and so are ridiculously difficult to nail down. (If you don’t like the word “supernatural” then perhaps the word “metaphysical” will suit you better?)

Christians along with many other religions agree that morality is defined by some supernatural being. Whether the being is good and good is universal, or good is just whatever the being prefers is irrelevant.

The issue, of course, we don’t agree on that being and even if we did, we wouldn’t agree with what the being was saying.

This problem can be solved, rather simply. See, rather than relying on someone telling us what we *should* do, we can instead look at what someone actually did and model our behavior on that.

The question then becomes: Who do we model our behavior on?

Let me propose a good candidate: Jesus Christ.

Whether you believe in God or not, whether that God is even the Judeo-Christian God of the Old Testament or not, we can all agree that there exists a record of what Jesus actually did. And I think we can all agree that Jesus was a pretty good guy, no matter your background.

Let’s examine some of the things Jesus did and use them as examples for how we can behave.

  • Jesus studied and learned and grew. We can all study and learn and grow.
  • Jesus talked and walked with people from all walks of life. We can do the same.
  • Jesus taught people that whatever the law is, you can strive to do better. “Better,” for Jesus, meant putting your heart in line with your actions.
  • Jesus taught people that strict obedience to the law without pure intent is like disobedience. We are not born to be mechanical robots, but to experience life, to love and live it to the fullest, and the commandments are there to make our lives better.
  • Jesus helped people with their physical needs. Not only did he miraculous heal many people, including raising some from the dead, but he also helped people with food and clothing and other important things. We know this because Judas was in charge of the charitable funds for Jesus’ group, and questioned whether it was good to let the woman waste a fortune on bathing his feet in perfume.
  • Jesus laid down his own life for everyone. This kind of self-sacrifice is, frankly, without parallel that I know of in any religion. Jesus, the very being who we either claim was God himself or was the Son of God incarnate, came down to earth and willingly put his life in the hands of his enemies, all so that he can effect salvation for all.

If you’re an Atheist, and you struggle with the question of good and bad, why don’t you try studying the life of Jesus, read the words he actually spoke, the things he actually did, and try to learn a little more about what it means to be good in Christianity? Who knows, maybe you’ll find some inspiration for your own life.

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2 Responses to “Whose Morality?”

  1. Jason Gardner Says:

    I would read about ol’ Friedrich Nietzsche’s Master – Slave morality.

    From Wikipedia.
    Slave morality values things like kindness, humility, and sympathy, while master morality values pride, strength, and nobility.

    Master morality weighs actions on a scale of good or bad consequences (i.e. classical virtues and vices, consequentialism), unlike slave morality which weighs actions on a scale of good or evil intentions (e.g. Christian virtues and vices, Kantian deontology)

    It is a very important distinction. We all start with slave morality. It’s all a child can understand. “Don’t do this because I told you” type of stuff.

    Slaves make simple rules which they keep, even in the face of overwhelming evidence of bad outcomes. Why? They are weak. Only able to follow the rules like a bad computer program, or, like the name suggests, a slave. Either too afraid or too weak or too stupid to do otherwise.

    In slave morality the OUTCOMES don’t matter, the INTENTION matters. (I didn’t win the game but I tried the hardest!) Similarly, the adherence to the rules is more important than the results of that adherence.

    Again, slave morality is the morality of the weak, used to justify one’s weakness. The slave values following the rules because that is all the slave can, or is allowed to do.

    An example, a German family had their daughter raped and killed by an “new German” (ahem invader ahem). The family immediately called this an isolated event, not to judge the new Germans, treat everyone equally. God loves everyone, etc. All that slave morality crap.

    So their adherence to their slave morality cost them their daughter and, like a good slave, they were supplicant and forgiving. They kept to the rules, even in the face of the most horrible of outcomes.

    Master morality is more interested in results. “What is harmful to me and my kin is harmful in itself” is a good summation.

    To use the German slave example from above, the master would be concerned about outcomes. This change in German policy cost him his daughter. If he were a master he would immediately, at a minimum, work tirelessly to end the insane policies of the (((Eurpoean elite))) that brought the killer in. He wouldn’t care a whit if you called him racist, talked about how god loves everyone, treating people fairly, not judging, blah, blah, blah. He would know (finally) that what he believed is wrong and needs to be changed.

    IMO, a true master would seek revenge. (Think about what his German ancestors from 2000 years would have done to someone that let an invader in to kill his daughter…. Yikes. To give you an idea of what a master moralist would be thinking.)

    In short, a slave thinks “well we are being invaded by the third world, sure I won’t have any political power in the future and, yeah, the might just seek revenge vis-a-vis the Bolshevik Revolution, but we gotta follow the rules. I’m a good boy for following the rules. That makes me special. I’m a good boy.”

    A master thinks the opposite. Das ist mein Land, für mein Volk. He would know that his people and his family need a land of their own to thrive and survive. Your place sucks? F-off. My family, my people first.

    All of us start as slaves. But, we should grow, especially as men, into master morality. Sure, we must have some slave morality to function in a society (we can’t all be Vikings) but we should only judiciously use slave morality.

    The problem with christianity and conservatism is that they are the very embodiment of the slave morality. Want to rip the country off financially, ruining millions of lives? No problem, just follow the rules!

    Unbelievable.

  2. Jason Gardner Says:

    The problem is that the elites love people with slave morality. (Obviously, while making fun of them behind their backs.) Christians have long since ceased to be any source of master morality, to the point where the elites don’t even bother to mock them any more.

    Imagine, that… So pathetic that the elites won’t even take the time to ridicule. Geeze. Can it be any worse than your enemies (Jews, Islam) considering you to be so weak that you can’t even muster a bare minimum of contempt.

    However, you see signs of master morality creep up. Poland had an excellent march last week where they basically said “Poland for the Polish, if you don’t like that then you can f-off back home.” Freaked the media and elites out, to the point where the went into full assault mode. Nazis, white supremacist,etc.

    France, Germany, Canada and the UK are in full slave mode. “Sure, we are going to be minorities in our own lands in 30 years, and, yes, we might face the wrath of the invaders but we are not racist! Not racist at all. Diversity is our strength!” (We’re pretty sure Islamic invaders are nice people once they get power, right guys?)

    They are weak, and beyond despicable in the sense that they quickly threw out their heritage and, even worse, threw away their children’s and grandchildren’s heritage. All because they were too weak to muster even a bare minimum of master morality.

    I beat the idea to death but I’ll leave you with a writing from Tecumseh, a life long enemy of the US, who fought against our country for decades and joined with any of our foes he could find to fight the US on behalf of his people. Here is the catch…. He is so respected in his time, and even now that, for example, the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis has and area called Tecumseh Court, there have been FOUR USS Tecumsehs and who can forget William Tecumseh Sherman? Such honors for an enemy!

    I personally consider him one of the great examples of master morality in history.

    His advice for youth:
    “So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours.

    Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life.

    Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.

    Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place.

    Show respect to all people and grovel to none.

    When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself.

    Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision.

    When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way.

    Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.”

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