Living with subjective morals, good without god?
And though it may be scary to the binary thinker, (such as myself) , the fact remains that this is the reality we see. Even within various religions we see a varying idea of what is “good” and “bad”. There is a core of things that is much easier for humans to agree upon as we share similar feelings regarding consequences of behavior and how actions affect us. Things like poking another persons eye out can be viewed (and agreed upon by a majority) as “bad” when applying empathy and realizing that we would not like pain (and blindness) inflicted upon ourselves. However, to clarify this cannot be an absolute moral, One would not say it is “bad” to remove an eye that had cancer, or if not removed would cause death to the person. Other things like protecting the helpless, the children or elderly seem another acceptable agreeable trait when considering that if/when we are more helpless we would like others to protect us. (empathy combined with compassion). Does this give us an absolute? perhaps not, however it does give us the ability to rationally make standards and rules that we can agree to within society, or family.
This is something I have been working on since my deconversion as I have been continually asked if such a position (morals without god ) was rational and reasonable.
Just read a very interesting post by David Yerle on A Science of Morality found HERE.
All thoughts welcome…