We have all heard the Christian say in a debate how god is the standard,(their triune god), and thus this divinity is proven by the inherent sense of right and wrong, in most of us. What can be said in rebuttal here? Can anything be said? Is god proven by our sense of right and wrong?
Of course, the logic here is absurd: if this were a scientific inquiry the fact that psychopaths exist would debase this fable that morality is divinely bestowed upon us all. Psychopaths, ‘soulless’ people, congenitally amoral, forsaken before they had the choice to sin. They lack this standard. And, unless god is capricious and unfair, or non-existent, this wouldn’t be the case. Every single human would be given an equally flat and sturdy launch pad to heaven.
Or, one could use the track-record of faith itself, the practice of being godlike, to show quite explicitly that belief in god, rather than being the catalyst of goodness, is often the source of genocidal, murderous, and draconian policy. May we separate god from every crime of religion, saying that these were atrocities due to confusion or blindness, then the inexorable question arises: Where is this personal god? Where is this light-house?
But this idea that a god is the moral standard will persist until there is a relevant and accurate answer to this question regardless of the tomes of credible reason set against it, so what’s needed here is an answer.
What is the moral standard? Where does the popular sense of right and wrong derive from, why do certain acts get interpreted as good, and others as bad or evil, if not for a god?
Lets comprise a mathematical formula to negate any possible superficiality that may act as a mirage, to mislead us.
You have, on the one hand, the moral theist, and on the other, the moral atheist. This fact, that morality is very possible in the theist and atheist alike, indicates that belief is not a requisite to being ethical. Now, subtract the two.
moral theistic human
–moral atheistic human
It seems we can rule out belief, or lack thereof, as superfluous in the moral question. One can be good with or without a supernatural custodian, and one can also be bad either way. Neither is the standard of morality, neither is more than an added barrier which restricts access to the true moral standard, the humanity of us all. Humanity as the moral standard, not faith, not this god or that stone. It’s a testament to the filth of the religious neurosis that this truth is so revolutionary.
Humans, save the psychopaths, are born with a desire to be good, though the definition of goodness is not defined a priori. Thus, a person’s conception of good is formed from their family and their environment, in childhood. From the barrage of experience in that time of uncertainty, characters are formed, beliefs are solidified, lives are set on their course. The numerous religions, each with its legions of dedicated acolytes, attests to this. In a universe with one god, such as the Biblical universe, Christians would be the crystalline purveyors of goodness, and everyone else would be barbaric, amoral psychopaths; rapping, pillaging, slaughtering. Such, in fact, is the Biblical universe, but such is not our universe.
The congenital ethical desire, shed in this light, shows with horrible clarity the importance of early childhood, and the indispensable need for a proper method of education(one focused on teaching children how to think as individual humans). In these tumultuous times, to indoctrinate youth with religious dogma the likes of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism, or with Socialistic drivel the likes of Stalin-ism, or Marxism, which devalues the importance of the individual, and which teaches that the governor knows best, you know nothing,intuition is the key to truth, and reason the pitfall into an eternal torture, is a crime no less than teaching a child that murder is virtue.
Why Individualism if the moral standard is humanity? Why not Communistic Humanism? Aren’t the tenets of socialism conducive to this godless morality, more so than this individualism? No. These methods (communism, socialism, fascism), are merely religions without gods. They are Procrustean beds. It takes a religious mentality to create these forms of governance and to bow to them. It takes a whole legion of pious fucking sheep, Epsilon-like beings, to fuel these monstrosities. And what have they ever created? Destruction. Dictators. Mental Disease. What was Hitler but a godless priest?
What becomes of Man without his ability to stand as an individual? Why, he become a bullet for a rifle held by a dictator. A gun aimed at humanity itself. This dictator can be divine or other, it doesn’t matter, because the end is the same: Humanity suffers one more bullet wound.
And this human origin means that morality is subjective, it is organic, it is not written upon tablets of rock by some delusional priest with power and eternal residence in a mansion on his mind. It is mundane. It is imperfect. It is real. Here is the source of our love, Humanity. Here is the reason we sacrifice, Humanity. Here is the reason we move, here is the reason we function, here is what we mean by progress, Humanity. Not god, but you; the mortal, fallible, ‘sinful’ human, are the standard.
Morality is not something to be written down for all, it is for each individual to write for their self. Only then does the Socratic reasoning of Nietzsche begin to make sense: