We can accept – or just conclude – that if morality is the emotional compass that we use to orient ourselves with – it is in relation to other people. If life becomes meaningless without emotion, then the highest morality becomes the morality which is the least harmful to other people. Nobody is filled with joy of seeing other people suffer.
What is morality without other people?
We can therefore understand that human morality has no meaning without other people, or in a broader sense, living beings. Morality is thus in a way relative – the emotions are related to other people’s individual experiences, but it’s therefore only our own as individuals to experience, and they are improvable. They can be changed. Once we know that, we must strive to develop our consciousness, our own understanding of ourselves in order to better understand other people. So the conclusion is to improve our own morals as human beings and individuals.
By understanding ourselves better, by always questioning ourselves and our own emotional values, we thus become more consciously aware and we can understand other people better. When learning to better understand ourselves, we thereby also improve our own morality. The morally unjustifiable always become the more selfish. So it is a matter of choice, a choice that is about choosing a direction to strive for.
Yet, despite this rather simple logic, we are not particularly keen on letting go of the current philosophically materialistic values, those that are in much too great extent the basis to the creation of our own emotions – our materialistically based ego, we dare not really trust our own intellectual and emotional values in relation to our surroundings (thinking about what everyone else would think is not very useful but it worries the philosophically materialist-oriented very much). We worry about what others will think, but what feelings do we think that others should experience and why, on what emotional basis?
So we dare not really trust ourselves enough that we are truly alone in being able to experience our own feelings as individuals. It is not really dangerous what others think, the important thing is what we ourselves accept in regard to our own experience of ourselves as individuals, and it basically depends only on how well we understand how our own feelings are created and conditioned. No one can make anyone else happy, to understand this is to do something about it and only the individual can do it himself.
We dare not really trust our own intellectual and emotional values in relation to our surroundings.
For thousands of years, this has been done in cycle after cycle by people who become exploited and abused by a few because they choose not to question their own notions. This, too, will never end until we understand why we so willingly wear the materialistic chains that bind us to our masters through ourselves. Taking power over oneself and one’s thoughts is the foundation of this and it is based on being honest with oneself.
Breaking the vicious circle
I claim that not until we are willing to explore these extremely painful areas within our own dark abyss, we are doomed to just experience more of the same. To continue to live in stupidity. I am not trying to divert the attention of the seemingly obvious sociopaths whose dictation is anything but morally high; I’m just saying that these sociopaths cultivate ourselves through our own over-willing participation. We can do just about anything we want to fight the weeds outside, which we feel needs to be done, yet more of the weeds will still grow if we do not start from the roots. And the roots are within ourselves.
The devil hides in the details, and the evil springs from our own reluctance of the self-examination needed to avoid hurting other people from an altruistic perspective.
When we do not reach ourselves, we reach no one else. If we do not resonate with ourselves then we have dissonance…
Guest post by Carl Norberg from his blog Palanthir. Original post here.