Thursday, March 20, 2008

Should Society Be Preserved?

The assumption that society ought to be preserved may be a tenet that seems too obvious to question. But is it really? Isolate the idea from God, and it can be neither proven nor supported by reason. From the unbelievers’ point of view, it is not even a reasonable idea. They have only a few short years to call their own and then it’s all over for them. Why should they care if civilization survives past their own death? They have no stake in its future. Why should they divert precious time and energy from their own brief lives to do anything for others? And yet unbelievers do so the world over.

1 comment:

Thinker said...

You say: Isolate the idea (that society be preserved) from God, and it can be neither proven nor supported by reason.

I ask: Are you sure? I believe that it can be argued that even when a person is completely selfish in every decision, that his fellow man does not necessarily suffer. This is the basis for the economic theory of capitalism. An unbeliever, acting selfishly, may not necessarily decide that society should not be preserved. One example is that many would simply like their bloodline to live on so that in some sense, they themselves live on.