Why God and Morality no longer follow. A humanistic understanding of moral law. Gandhi and his sovereign law, fiction? We didn’t think so.

sovereigntyofgodBecause we share common passions, the role of moral education need not limit, itself to focusing on useful and practical rules of conduct. It is enabled to turn itself additionally to the development of helpful emotions. For example, compassion is fostered and developed through educational programs where students have opportunities to experience what it’s like to be, say, paralyzed, blind, or deaf. A good part of compassion seems to be the ability to identify with those who suffer — so this ability, if developed further, can enable society to produce a generation of young people who are more respectful of the rights of others, more helpful in situations calling for altruistic behavior, and more just in their dealings with people in general. Situation Ethics:Since the process of improving ethics IS a trial-and-error one, then it is reasonable to keep ethical principles flexible. After all, if a given principle is rigid and absolutistic, it tends to foster a kind of idolatry where people worship the rule instead of its intent. Since good and evil are ultimately judged from human need and interest, then it only makes sense for all moral principles to work toward meeting human needs and serving human interests — as opposed to becoming ends in themselves. Believing, on the other hand, that moral values come from God has inspired many
throughout history to practice idolatry with moral principles. When we realize that right and wrong cannot exist without beings with needs, and that human beings have proven themselves capable of devising and then abiding by their own rules, then there is no longer any way to deny that the pursuit of human interest, for the individual and for society, for the short and for the long run, is the broad goal of laws and ethics. Further, this does not really need an explanation or justification, except to those who have lost sight of the actual basis for their own values. That is, no one needs to be asked why he or she pursues his or her own interests, and no planet of people needs to be asked why it seeks to pursue common goals. Only when people try to depart from this most automatic of pursuits, only when someone posits a law higher than what is good for humanity, need any questions be raised — for it is only THEN that an explanation or justification of a moral base is necessary.

http://americanhumanist.org/humanism/The_Human_Basis_of_Laws_and_Ethics

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