But inaccurate... The substance of morality lies in its core principles. And as people change so do the
derivative applications and interpretations. Morality measured by behavioral compliance will forever
lag in relevant applications as it burdened by the recrement accumulated via attendance to the
perceived obligation to monitor the actions/beliefs of others.
People change, applications change- but core principles remain the same with ever-changing adaptive
applications. We are not all that complex and our distinctions/differences exist within a narrow range of
Across the globe a base morality exists. It may be seldom acknowledged-or
sensed- and, most definitely underemployed, It applies to all in the form of a
Presently, the notion of morality could be characterized as
instructions pertaining to behaviors unacceptable to both
religion and secular society. Implied to the definition is a
disdain relative to nuance, with value favoring conformity
Absent is an equal emphasis on the options for actions relevant to the
pursuit of virtue. At times it would seem that 'goodness' is defined as that
remaining following the extraction of 'bad'.
Morality, as it is currently understood/applied, could be characterized by a
"measure of conformity to behavioral dictates, established by somebody
else... a long-time ago". We are then left to take on faith that "there were
good reasons at the time and those good reasons still apply in the present."
Applicable to All
A Universal Morality (UM) derived from the combined forces of evolution would, in seeming
paradox, both expand and simplify moral understanding. The spirit of a UM would find
origin in the following characterizations as they pertain to any specified human action
subject to assessment of the individual:
1. If it is good for the species, it is the practice of 'good' morality.
2. If it is detrimental to the species, it is the practice of 'bad' morality
3. If the effect of an action is neutral in relative to the common good, it is left to
the discretion of the individual to assign proper proportion in their own life.
A base morality- if acknowledged as an essential prerequisite- allows aggregate-religion to
assume proper proportion while simultaneously enhancing both.
Subject to the overlapping influence of both religion and
secular society, there is no mechanism to extricate the
components for the purpose of establishing a context in
which the notion of morality can gain base definition.
To the Present
"Morality does not change...People change"
Some would argue the morality is static and unchanging...
would be the argument.