Re: Is it possible for man to live a moral life without religion?
The reason an absolute morality seems so distant from people is because the moralities that are present in our society are closely related to Kant's Categorical Imperative, where an action is good because it is good. Basically, religion hands you a code of rules and follow it. I know that people will try to debate on this, but every religion points out some mystical undefined evil and then goes about telling you what actions are evil. Some religions, like Christianity and others, will try to go about defining the evil, but it is still pretty ambiguous. People say that pride is the root of all evil, but some of apostle Paul's arguments end up arguing from a standpoint that pride is good.
So our society, after being influenced by religion, feels that the only true morality is some given code of rules. This is actually the exact opposite. A morality is complex hierarchy of rules based on one's hierarchy of values. If you want to find the essence of one's morality, you should look at their highest value since that is what the morality is trying to obtain.
If there is an absolute morality, then there must be an absolute value. To be honest, I really don't feel like debating that, but I am one that believes that there is an ultimate value in the universe, namely one's own happiness, which I already explained earlier in the thread as being the metaphysical good. for any human being. No one's morality will be completely identical, but the essence will be the same.
"Nature loves to be hidden."
Last edited by RNB; 08-26-2010 at 01:35 PM.