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Morality simply comes from your environment in which you were raised.
For example, some cultures think it's perfectly fine to do things that would be illegal in the United States.
Moral relativism is a bad idea.
This makes community vitally important to humanity, and means that morality is going to evolve as a way to ensure the ability to maintain a cohesive society; this is why things like thievery, murder, and assault are universally seen as wrong.
As we develop and improve our concept of social justice, our ability to understand morality also increases; that's how western countries came to the realization that slavery is always wrong, for example, and that women must be granted equality.
Acceptance of slavery was part of the evolution of morality, but it is, and always was, completely amoral.
'Everyone was doing it' is not an acceptable excuse.
Okay then... why? Where does the standard that makes these things wrong come from, and what gives it the authority to make it completely universal?
Anyway, here's my own 'theory' of morality that I've come up with, as far as I'm aware of. It ties into three different concepts:
"Might makes right"
"Knowledge is power"
"Strength in numbers"
This may sound weird considering how the idea of "Might makes right" is usually something that is frowned upon, but from what I've seen, it's how people and society decide what is right and wrong.
Theists often claim that the morality system of their faith is objective and absolute, but said system is often said to have been created by an all-powerful entity, and therefore must be taken seriously. Bolded word is key. G-man up in the sky dictates what is right and wrong because he created the universe and therefore is all knowing. However what theists usually overlook in my opinion is that they're worshiping somebody because of their power... which is the concept of might makes right.
In modern day democracies laws (do wrong and you will be punished) usually decided by two key factors in theory: Some sort of bedrock constitution and the will of the people.
Constitutions: Made by intellectuals. Debated and questioned. Knowledge required to make it strong. Knowledge is power. Power is might. Might makes right.
Will of the people: Strength in numbers. Strength is might. Might makes right.
03/02/2013 06:49 AMPosted by SeangilYou all are forgetting something that is actually emphasized in this game: "We are who we choose to be". I don't think its anything more, anything less.
That's just demonstrably false.
We are the sum total of our experiences and thoughts.
Morality: Where does it come from? Does it change? Is there an objective morality? Does science have anything when it comes to morality?
06/04/2013 08:29 PMPosted by KevinMorality: Where does it come from? Does it change? Is there an objective morality? Does science have anything when it comes to morality?
Morality stems from religion. People's defined view on what is moral does indeed change. However morality itself is not relative. If morality was relative, that would mean that the statement that "morality is relative" is relative. Thus the idea that morality is relative contradicts itself. Science can not define morality. For it is the study of material(physical) and morality is not material(it is nonphysical) .
Morality does not stem from religion; this is seen by the sheer mountain of amorality present in all religions.
Science can define morality; humans rely on their societies to survive, morality evolved as a method of ensuring cohesive societies. A society in which murder is frowned upon, for example, is stronger as a result of rampant murder and its destabilizing effect not being present.
Science is the generation of predictive models of reality. Morality exists in reality.
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