posted on Jun, 30 2012 @ 06:35 PM
Originally posted by boncho
The thing about morals, are that they are self serving. "Moral people" or people who claim to be, often have morals that suit them or help them in
some way. Usually giving them a superiority complex.
About the only honest existence, is just acknowledging human behaviour, and accepting that we are all governed by human shortcomings.
I find your comment to be elucidating.
Why? Because I think emotions are a imperfect attempt at serving our survival odds. They're installed in us as instinct and operate in a similar
fashion as intuition except they're built into our dna and developed over many thousands of years. They help us make rapid choices. In life we must
often make these kinds of snap decisions and do not have time to observe and ensure complete objectivity.
So emotions are in some way a logical, species-serving instinct put there by nature.
So maybe morals and emotions are related because they both serve the species.
I think nature realized the benefit of changing things around now and again. So it made sure that not -every- person's moral compass is the same.
There might be some environmental influence as well. But I agree that depending on the capacity and inclinations of a person, their morals will
roughly coincide. For example, if you're a naturally emotional person that favors the feeling of love over others then you'll naturally be driven to
create moral codes that define emotion and feelings of love as moral and non-emotional things or excessive feelings unrelated to love as immoral.
Put another way, morals coincide with our natural proclivities. If this weren't so then most if not all of us would be considered obnoxiously immoral
and sent to jails. Our instincts and other genetics must follow somewhat our morals to make them achievable by a fair majority people. If too many
people are sent to jails then we'd be spending all our time in courtrooms and nowhere else!
I value morals and emotions. I can barely kill a fly without feeling guilty and have went out of my way not to kill things little creatures even if
they're in the home (the one place they can't be). I've "rescued" a daddy long legs and a moth once or twice and even a yellow jacket. But I don't
always have the time for that. Luckily, fate hasn't challenged me too often. Either way, I feel shame if I kill a bug yet people are killing animals
in this world. If every piece of flesh I've eaten came from something I had to kill, I never would eaten it. This is one of the reasons I eat meat
very sparingly and increasingly educate myself on how to get the proper nutrients without having to kill the earthly creatures for it. Beyond animals
and bugs, I mostly stick to myself. I love people and respect them and admire them. I don't go out of my way to help others, but then again, I have
had social anxiety issues in the past so maybe that's an excuse. But genuinely, in my heart of hearts, I love people and do not seek their harm and
only wish the best for them. So I hope I don't give hte impression in this post that I'm an emotionless evil man that probably experiments on
vulnerable baby chickens in his basement dungeon. I don't think people are that simple minded, but maybe they're.
Some people let their imagination go too far when they picture others in their mind.
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