Mortal Man Posted September 27, 2011 Share Posted September 27, 2011 "Each new generation born is in effect an invasion of civilization by little barbarians, who must be civilized before it is too late." -- Thomas SowellEver since becoming a solipsistic mortalist, I've been puzzling over the question as to whether religion is necessary to teach people morality and help them develop internal controls. The rise of flash mobs and celebration of all things deviant in today's society appear directly connected to the decline of Christianity.David Brooks points to a study showing that most 18- to 23-year-olds nowadays have no concept of traditional morality nor any vocabulary for describing it.When asked to describe a moral dilemma they had faced, two-thirds of the young people either couldn’t answer the question or described problems that are not moral at all, like whether they could afford to rent a certain apartment or whether they had enough quarters to feed the meter at a parking spot.For today's youth, morality is simply whatever you feel like doing.Many were quick to talk about their moral feelings but hesitant to link these feelings to any broader thinking about a shared moral framework or obligation. As one put it, “I mean, I guess what makes something right is how I feel about it. But different people feel different ways, so I couldn’t speak on behalf of anyone else as to what’s right and wrong.”Decades of forced worship at the altars of Diversity, Tolerance and Non-Judgementalism have obliterated the average person's ability to think in terms of right or wrong, or to base his/her decisions on a moral framework that recognizes anything greater than his/her own personal feelings.Dennis Prager blames this on liberal secularism.One key reason is what secularism does to moral standards. If moral standards are not rooted in God, they do not objectively exist. Good and evil are no more real than "yummy" and "yucky." They are simply a matter of personal preference. One of the foremost liberal philosophers, Richard Rorty, an atheist, acknowledged that for the secular liberal, "There is no answer to the question, 'Why not be cruel?'"With the death of Judeo-Christian-God-based standards, people have simply substituted feelings for those standards. Millions of American young people have been raised by parents and schools with "How do you feel about it?" as the only guide to what they ought to do. The heart has replaced God and the Bible as a moral guide.He makes some excellent points; however, secularism, as brought forth by Marcus Aurelius, Epicurus, Voltaire, Locke, Jefferson et al., is not the culprit. There have been and continue to be numerous good and decent deists/atheists/agnostics in the world.The real culprit here is left-wing liberalism/statism, which reviles God and religion as competitors. The liberal statist complains long and hard about religion taking his money and telling him what to do, while simultaneously praising government for taking his money and telling him what to do. Religion (the old kind) teaches personal responsibility and accountability, whereas statism teaches government responsibility where no one is accountable. When the parasitic elites, i.e., those who bribe us with our own tax dollars, succeed in removing responsibility from individuals and sending it off into a massive anonymous bureaucracy, they also succeed in removing morality, honesty, charity and virtue from society.The Lord of the Flies awaits. Link to comment
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