October 14, 2010

"I WOULD RATHER"?:

Mary Warnock on Godless Morality ( Interview by Anna Blundy , 10/10/10, Five Books)

And yet, with Nazism and Communism, and if you think about the Grand Inquisitor chapters in The Brothers Karamazov, or Freud’s Civilization and its Discontents, it’s clear that people do tend not to be moral without religion. People do want a symbolic spiritualism that will act as their super ego and stop them running riot.

I entirely agree with you, but I would rather that morality, behaving well rather than badly, is really a human necessity and people have got to be induced to recognise that all of us, every one of us, has a responsibility not to behave badly. We’re all tempted to be greedy, to take more for ourselves, to overlook the interests of others, but we’ve got to learn that everybody is of equal value, so we’ve got to take other people’s likes, dislikes, horrors and wishes as seriously as our own.


It ought to go without saying that, in the absence of God, all people being of equal value isn't a fact to be learned but an opinion and Nazism and the like just different opinions.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 14, 2010 5:14 AM
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