First I must say if the ideas I may present seem to be facts, yet I don’t back them up then they are likely just assumptions.
Of course, a disclaimer on a blog no one will read is quite humorous. Especially considering it is just a rant lacking any real substance.
So, if the values, morals and family concepts that have been passed down from the bible over the generations are coming to an end, what do we do. We may already be seeing evidence of this in the latest batch of children that are running about in the streets without any guidance. Their parents, didn’t believe in god so, they didn’t read the bible and thus didn’t pass down those Ten Commandments that, more orthodox, families could instill in their young. Is that what happens in all cases?
I mean there obviously must be some moral code ingrained in us from birth, some concept of right and wrong. Now this is just an example of what philosophers consider when thinking of morality, some believe there is one true and absolute way to view it, others see it as a bit more subjective.
What do I believe? Certainly, not that we have some moral inclination to forgive thy neighbour or to ignore bodily urges. Simply, because we are not born to act in such a way does not mean that we can’t learn it though. But you don’t need a god or a bible for that. Treating people with kindness is quite fulfilling enough on its own and, of course, most people feel good when another helps them. It is a circle that works to everyone’s interests. The problem is, it’s hard helping people when you can’t help yourself, and that is where the idea of god must come in.
People are weak-minded; they need a higher power, to overcome their own faults. They can’t see strength inside themselves without it. It is of course always there, but the idea of a god greater than them helps them unlock this hidden strength. Some would say that is god working through you, and in a way it is, the concept of god is so powerfully a part of their day that what they believe removes mental limitations they could otherwise not surpass without some prescribed assistance.
Now that got off track. What I am trying to say here is what do we teach the next generation of us when god is gone. Christianity, Islam, Judaism, all have less than one thousand years left in them before they become myth and legend like the religions of old. Its inevitable as we can already see a rise of agnosticism or even atheism. Perhaps that is only from my perspective, but most Christians would agree with me, at least the ones that keep saying the end is near.
So what do we tell our children, well whatever you wish. But to make a better society, one that makes humanity matter, we need to show our children what it means to help one another, not for gifts or monetary gain, but for something greater than money: emotion, happiness, pride. We need to stop giving children monetary incentives to help parents or others out. People need to enjoy that feeling of goodness they get by helping someone they care about, then it may just spread to those they don’t care about.
People also need to understand that not everyone feels the same way, as so many people have been conditioned to help someone out for a price, everyone wants something for nothing, but no one is willing to help another out. I mean we all have to eat right. We can’t very well live as we used to; say I raise chickens and you grow wheat, we both need each other if we hope to enjoy some nutritional variety so of course we swap and see that as fair and just. We, as single species, have grown far beyond the barter system, Kajiji is not even close to comparable. But perhaps one day we can bring life closer to such a system, we all seem to believe we are special, we are all our own personal gods, so we must have a service, ability or creation that is worth exchanging for outside the monetary system.
Those that can’t provide for the society should not be part of it, so as to keep it perfect, but then it becomes similar to a cult, and who can decide what providing for a society entails anyway. This is where it gets complicated, as the entire society would have to vote on what they feel is worthwhile as a service or product, and those with two votes or fewer are deemed unworthy, making it more fair than a dictator. Every person must vote for, or against each item that is submitted by everyone, so it ensures each voter considered each option. This of course would be a small sector of the world and will be started as a social experiment that could perhaps grow or fail.
My real point is that, in the decline of traditional morality, we must make drastic changes to further our species.
As our population grows we need to stop helping the disabled, the elderly, those that can’t contribute. We are holding ourselves back as we can only be as strong as our weakest link. We are not mindless animals any longer, and life isn’t as valuable, as we may think. We are not a species nearing extinction, and it wouldn’t be the first time that, a race such as ours, has blinked of existence. Why not make us as strong as possible, in mind and body?