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Falling Into The Abyss; Putting Morality Back At The Heart Of Our Focus
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Falling Into the Abyss; Putting Morality Back at the Heart Of Our Focus

Morality ought to be our first concern, but according to others including Abraham Maslow, our physical needs come first – the hungry, cold, thirsty, uncomfortable being must attend to these physical states before arts and sciences become appealing. However, is not the addressing of hunger, cold, thirst and discomfort an art and science in itself? Is it not the process of creation and experimentation that leads to them being satiated?

Maslow et al were merely doing what many of us do every day; choosing between the chicken and the egg. What came first? What followed? Who’s to blame? etc

We have a deep need to make this choice. It’s as if there is a hunger, cold, thirst and discomfort that requires a choice to be made, an origin to be pinpointed. This suggests that the presence of The Chicken and the Egg phenomenon is not some idle pastime. It is the symptom of a deep, primal aspect of our being – the hunger for a point of fixed reference.

It’s as if we cannot bear to be ignorant of the one thing that makes everything make sense. But is there one thing? Is there truly one reference point that when locked on to can ensure we will never be lost ever again?

Some say there is – It is what we call God. Yet even with God there is the chicken and egg process. Many ask who made this one true reference point, instantly questioning its truth. And thus the process begins again.

There is the possibility, perhaps probability, perhaps definite truth that there is simply no such reference point. That our hunger for it is merely a faculty of nature to keep us going; keep us living – ever hunting for one true sense-engendering jewel – A heaven, a paradise; a nirvana.

It is said that we are moving from being homo-sapiens to homo-consumerists. Leaving behind wisdom and thought for the practice of simply eating, drinking, building and making ourselves comfortable. If this is true it alludes to that theorised faculty of nature; that hunger or thirst recognized by all religions and philosophies.

But of course with insatiable hunger and thirst comes the specter of obesity of mind, body and soul and based on obesity levels today, it would seem that nature’s faculty is now a difficulty; one that might tip us over the edge of the abyss; where all hunger, cold, thirst and discomfort are made void.

Maslow was not right about our physical needs being prior to our appeal to science and art but he was close. Our physical needs via appeal to science and art must become our priority – not because they are our number one priority, but because they have become our number one threat. That threat is our priority – and always has been.

That is why we created morality – it was our attempt at preventing our hunger, cold, thirst and discomfort driving us into the voiding abyss. Morality is not about choice; it’s about survival. And it would seem that a look at our survival strategy at the moment suggest we are in dire need of putting morality back at the heart of our focus.

It might not be a fixed reference point; however morality is at least a cluster of beacons that keep us from falling into the abyss.


Street Talk

In this day of declining everything, Morality seems to be at the top of everyone's list. It is not the absence of morality, it is an absence of knowing what morality actually is and does, that keeps the masses continually guessing about what this tangible virtue actually is. In essence, Morality is being able to a) have compassion, b)be willing to make a change and c) Following through on b). Morality is at its most central core, service to humanity. As a Rooster of the International Jaycees, I truly believe that "...service to humanity is the best work of life." If you cannot muster the energy to give a quarter at the Salvation Army Christmas kettles, if you cannot read about the children that froze to death because the family couldnt keep the home warm, if you cannot with a clear mind donate to keep someone alive... then you have no Morality. This begins when one thinks about the world more than oneself. This begins with one thing... Compassion. Without compassion, all is worthless.

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  about 1 year ago

compassion is indeed the bedrock of a humane morality. Thanks for taking the time to comment. David

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  about 1 year ago

This is always my argument when I talk to someone who may believe in the fact that we are free spirits on a journey, but stop agreeing with me once I involve the idea of restriction. Morality requires us to restrict ourselves. Morality, as you have said above, also keeps us from falling into the abyss. This is how I view the concept of The Life Force of the Universe - or G-d. I use the term The Life Force of the Universe to denote the concept of an intangible power within the energy of life that wills life to be sustained. Morality, (of course the definition of morality is subjective) is what allows life to exist, because with out it, we would destroy everything in our path that does not feed our ego (our physical aspect that chases its own type of survival). Accordingly, The Life Force of the Universe and morality work together to lift us to higher thought and ultimately our evolutionary potential, which, according to my beliefs, must be (at some point in our history) peace on earth.

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  about 3 years ago
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