The other day, I was thinking about morality (yep. I’m weird like that). Who determines the right way of doing things? Why is it that when you do something in a different way, the society (read family, friends and acquaintances) will castigate and lampoon you until you conform? How did our moral values evolve to this point and why is moral codes as variants as tribes?
These were questions mulling in my head when it hits me: Gravity is not moral! Gravity is amoral! Gravity is amoral! As a self-described writer, I know a lot of words I don’t even know I know (crazy right?) I had to go and look up the word again in the dictionary. It meant “Lacking any sense of moral standards or principles”.
Gravity, and other natural laws, do not subscribe to ANY principles of right and wrong or conform to standards of behaviour and character based on those principles. Morals on the other hand are man-made things used to govern human relations and interactions in order to preserve order, hence these are codified as “laws”. Moral codes and law are the television set; gravity (and other natural laws) is the tree. Gravity will act on ANYBODY anywhere in the universe, irrespective of your moral codes. Jonathan, Angela Merkel and Pope Francis (all ogas at the top) will be punished by the natural laws of gravity, air drift etc. if they venture out of an flying airplane without a parachute. The Christians, Muslims, Atheists, Pantheists, Deist etc. are all subject to the natural laws….all their own laws are just tools they fashioned for mind control in order to hold on to/ get more power over the people.
Maybe they teach this in some philosophical or lawyering class but I found this thought(s) quite profound (because of the other thing I was thinking about: how people can be so dogmatically sure over something that has no natural basis e.g. women are supposed to wear hijab or be killed) as it changed the focal length of the lens I use in viewing the world. A lot of “laws” are out there and one needs to check the premise of all very carefully before submitting one’s existence to such.
So next time anyone says a law, please do a little acid test (not more than 5 seconds brain work really) and ask “Is it a tree or a television set”. Then your decision will become easier to make. Selah.
NOTE: There is a big difference between immorality and amorality. The difference? That is your assignment. Daz all.
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