Tuesday, April 15, 2008

What is “Right”?

The second flaw of the Social Contract theory of morality (see blogs #31 thru #33) is this: A disintegrating society adrift with no bedrock of morality will be at the mercy of those in power, who, with no true guide to right and wrong, will impose their own will on the rest. Right will be solely what those who wield the power want it to be. When people ignore traditional morality and seize power to serve their own ends, the results can be hideous. Adolph Hitler’s demonic rule over Germany in the late 1930s and early 1940s is a sobering example.

We see something similar happening in America today as the concept of an overarching, true morality begins to crumble. In the name of personal freedom, those in power have legislated the right to kill the unborn simply because having a child would inconvenience the lifestyle of the parents.

The strong victimizing the weak is the ultimate result when society thinks it can legislate morality to fit its own whims. But when the power shifts again, today’s benefactor may be tomorrow’s victim.

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