tonyenglish7 wrote:Guilt functions to trick me into delaying gratification for the sake of future DNA survival. So, the successful sociopath is the highest order being on the planet, under your view.
(I truly find your cynicism hard to endure. I will persevere for only as long as I can.)
First, THERE IS NO HIGHEST ORDER OF BEING ON THE PLANET. You are the one who asserts a hierarchy of critters, not I.
Further, if the being I am stealing from has no objective intrinsic value, no real purpose other then to pass on the DNA to the next generation, then knowing this "fact" should set me free to do as I please, free from the power of the moral illusion. If I can get a free iPod, then why not?
Your repeatedly display an impaired connection to community and the best functioning of society. You don't take someone else's iPod because it is harmful to society to live in a place where people's belongings are taken for the fun of it.
And again, your whole concept of moral growth loses any meaning whatsoever because it is not about what is actually right or wrong, it is about what successfully transfers the DNA to the next generation. All talk of social progression is gibberish because there is no standard on which to judge it except the success of the human race. And even the success of the human race is a meaningless goal if that is all there is. It is simply the result of being the alternate pole from the failure of the human race. That's it! Either option is meaningless.
Bingo! There is no social progress or moral progress, because there is no goal to achieve. There is, however, finding a good morality for right now, one that fits our current existence better than the last one. Slavery no longer fits.
For example, I suspect that we will be dealing in coming generations about whether it is moral to eat meat. Its production consumes massive amounts of resources that would better go to feeding ourselves first. Most people are not at this point defining this as a moral issue, but in the same way as individual rights is now considered a moral issue, it may be in the future the entire dietary meat issue will become a point of moral discussions.
Oddly, I think that the issue of abortion rights versus fetal rights will remain a topic for a very long time. It lies squarely on the conflict of two opposing interests. It is because there is such a conflict that I want the choice to be left to the individual pregnant woman.
This is your worldview that you accept by faith as the most rational.
It fits the evidence. I could be wrong, and I'm willing to consider evidence to the contrary. I don't see how any faith is required.
I guess your previous ancestoral DNA contributors randomly mutated in such a way to cause you to believe this fable.
Cynicism noted, and after a series of deep breaths, discarded.