The origins of ethics and morals

This is a wonderful summary:
For secular people, morality is predicated on one simple principle: empathetic reciprocity, widely known as the Golden Rule. Treating other people as you would like to be treated. It is an ancient, universal ethical imperative. And it requires no supernatural beliefs. As one atheist mom who wanted to be identified only as Debbie told me: “The way we teach them what is right and what is wrong is by trying to instill a sense of empathy … how other people feel. You know, just trying to give them that sense of what it’s like to be on the other end of their actions. And I don’t see any need for God in that. …

When I read this post I thought to myself “Duh!” I hope that sooner rather than later my drop is but one in a sea of voices that agree.

The Unassuming Atheist

One argument that many Christians make is that God’s word (the bible) provides the moral compass that we all should follow. Listen, there are some great lessons in the bible. However, the hogwash in it tends to outweigh those lessons, but that is for another conversation. Do we need God to tell us right from wrong? Would it be a free-for-all anarchy, lawlessness, terrifying society without having God to tell us how to act? Or would the honor of personhood or authority provide the guidance needed for an orderly and safe society? Just something to think about. For your consideration, check out the article below.

By Phil Zuckerman, The Los Angeles Times

More children are “growing up godless” than at any other time in our nation’s history. They are the offspring of an expanding secular population that includes a relatively new and burgeoning category of Americans called the “Nones,” so…

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  1. I love this. I never thought of inspiring empathy for another person, into the mind of an individual, as the rudimentary foundation for ethics and morals. Wow!

    • If you think about it most people do it to some degree with things like “it’s nive to share” and so on without knowing it

  2. This article reflects my own experiences both personal and professional.

    • Thanks for commenting. I think of children as adults without the encyclopedia the rest of us carry around in our heads. Their ability to reason is hampered only by their lack of information and experience. Teaching them the wrong things is often enough criminal, or so it would seem.

  3. Thank you. I have said these things, believed them, but lacked your ability to present them so clearly. I re-posted them to my Toy Box because it is so important. Thank you so much for posting this. Hugs

    • Thanks for commenting. This presentation of the idea was brought to you by the efforts of at least three people. I just jumped on the ‘spread the info’ bandwagon because I find it good information.

  1. February 7th, 2015

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