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thoughts on morality

Posted by on February 21, 2008

I came up with this a little minute ago, and I wrote it in a little notebook. I will simply transcribe. remember: I was angry at the time, and I’m not anymore.

On Saturday, February 9, 2008, while I was brushing my teeth, I realized once and for all the nature of the moral dilemma with which I’d struggled since youth. Perhaps morality exists as an absolute independent of religion. If true, this would mean that my attempt to derive a meaningful morality independent of religion was both in vain and misguided. I threw out absolute morality with absolute religious truth, seeing the latter as unprovable and insubstantial. The baby went out with the bathwater. If my current thinking is right, and there exists an absolute and universal morality for use among people, then the deception I feel at my religious upbringing having appropriated this and presented it in their own name was a shameful crime. If it is true that morality exists, universal and absolute, the religions have no right to claim them as their own, or pass off their worldview as the bitter pill one must take in order to exhibit moral behavior.

So, I was upset at the time, but this was the product of me trying to determine if religion were necessary to have morality. I guess I decided it wasn’t.

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