a reply to: Profusion
If we look at the reactions of children I think we can define some forms of absolute truth.
If you take something from a young child, the child cries, as they feel that something has been stolen from them. Therefore taking away something that
belongs to others is wrong. This is an absolute truth even in the eyes of children.
If a child who is unprovoked strikes another child, either they fight or the one who is struck in flight cries. Therefore the act of stirking another
unprovoked is wrong. The absolute truth is unprovoked violence is wrong.
If you tell a child you will buy them something or take them somewhere they will get upset if you fail to do what you said. The absolute truth is
lying is wrong.
Children don't need to be directly taught these things are wrong. They only need to experience being stolen from, lied to are struck without cause to
know these things are wrong. Because they can feel the negative emotional response.
Therefore the absolute truth is doing harm to others is wrong.
However, we have the amazing ability as parents and leaders to teach dissociation and self preservation.
Children are not born born racist. But racism can be taught to them. Racism causes dissociation and self preservation. Once a child is taught that
another race is harmful they justify ignoring the law of do no harm to others because they have disassociated from the other race.
The racist now no longer see the opposite race as an equal but rather as something he must destroy to preserve himself. The same can be said about
Nationalism, anti-gays, religious intolerance, or any other form of dissociation which causes you to purposely set yourself apart from others as an
act of self preservation.
We are born with the inherent ability to understand that unjust harm is bad. We learn to dissociate from others with allows us to harm them. Through
dissociation and self preservation we justify harming others.
If parents did not teach dissociation, children would only disassociate with those who actually harmed them. Learned dissociation is false self
preservation. While dissociation from those who cause you harm is true self preservation.
So the last absolute truth is teaching children to dissociate with others because of race, religion, sexual orientation or any other false purpose of
self preservation leads to justification against the absolute truth to do no unjust harm to others.
Looking at truth through the eyes of children is the best way to determine absolutes in my opinion. We learn too many things as we get older not to
have our opinions affect what we determine as absolute.
edit on 20-8-2015 by Isurrender73 because: (no reason given)