Re: whoSeptember 9 2011 at 9:11 AM
Doc Strange (Login edstrange13)
Response to who
Yvonne said: who defines YOUR morality?
I do, just like everyone else, although some people's morality can be swayed by mythology. For example, Jews won't even turn on a light on the Sabbath, and this is entirely made up superstition.
Do you REALLY think the creator of the universe, if one exists, cares if you turn on a light switch?
If the god of the Jews is the one that created morality, then only Jews would be moral. Looking at how Israel treats those with brown skin, the case for Israeli morality is a tough sell.
All humans have an innate moral compass. Some biologists believe our altruism is a byproduct of our evolutionary past when we lived in small roving bands and lived with people who we were going to see again and again throughout our lives. It was better for the tribe if we were altruistic. This byproduct has been refined by the evolution of modern human society.
I guess you can say that I have a naturalistic viewpoint concerning human morality. In my opinion, asking someone "how do you know the difference between right and wrong?" is a bit like asking "how do you know when you're hungry?", or "how do you know when it's time to sleep?".
It's part of our biology.
"We are each free to believe what we want, and it's my view that the simplest explanation is: There is no god. No one created the Universe, and no one directs our fate. This leads me to a profound realization; there is probably no heaven and no afterlife, either. We have this one life to appreciate the grand design of the Universe. And for that, I am extremely grateful." -- Professor Stephen Hawking, cosmologist