Revisiting “What is the basis of morality?”
One of the results of 24 hour news and “always-on social media” is the rapid spread of information (some true some false) from various countries as they struggle with competing ideas within and competing ideas from without. Within hours we should hear more about the clash between competing forces in Egypt. Trouble spots include not only Egypt but also Turkey, Israel, Syria much of Africa and, of course, Texas.
Is there anything all of these disputes have in common? It seems that in every case the basic conflict is between those who look to the past, to some golden time when all was right with the world, and those who look to the future. Often the added ingredient is religion. People are directed to some holy text or other where believers look for a lost Eden when all was well. The three monotheistic religions represent the faith communities in the countries mentioned above.
What do all the conflicts have in common? The false belief that morality is based on religion.