That's the question wiser people than you and I have asked since Day 1. And amazingly, not all the answers are as ridiculous as they may seem to some who have been brainwashed against the notion that the universe strongly implies that there is intelligence behind and in all that exists, from the smallest particle to the largest structures mankind has become aware of.
If we don't believe what you say we've been brainwashed... :lol:
Care to elaborate as to how the universe implies intelligent design?
When you can prove that you have the intelligence, the knowledge, and the ability to speak definitively on the subject, I will believe that there is no answer. Until then, there are greater authorities than you that have spoken since the dawn of time who make more sense. No offense meant, of course, but the hard, cold truth. You've barely been around for 20 years or so and you are telling people what is?? Who do you think you are? Martin?
I'm not stating what is, but simply what's isn't. Until I find a convincing answer to the meaning of life, I'm going to maintain that there is no answer to be found - or that if there is, we can't find it. The burden of proof rests squarely on you.
I couldn't care less about your "great authorities". I prefer to judge on what's said, not on who says it, and to take the argument by it's merit, not by its author's prestige.
And no, I haven't even managed 20 years on this earth yet. Sorry, my life-accelarating juice hasn't quite worked well enough to enable me to be older. My fault.
Tell me, Monkeydust, my friend, what do you think about the concept of morality? The idea of right and wrong actions. Do you think that the term morality has any meaning? If so, what? And then, if so, where did you get your ideas from? Do you really believe them, or were you just taught things and accepted them? Or do you agree with them in your will? If so, why? On what basis do you believe the concept of morality is correct?
That's a lot of questions!
First of all, I suppose I should state what I don't
think. I don't think there's any overarching morality derived from God or based upon metaphysical principles, especially not the Christian code, the veracity of which I find generally unconvincing - not to mention that I find much of Christian morality repulsive anyway. I don't think there's any absolute categories to which we can say "x is wrong in all circumstances" or "y is right and must be done by all in all circumstances". No, that's not what I think.
So what are we left with? To begin with, I couldn't give a rat's arse about private morality and I don't think anyone else should be allowed to either. A person's sexuality, sexual practice, personal beliefs, interests, habits, hobbies, mannerisms and so on are their business, and they can do what they like without me or anyone else justifiably calling them immoral - even if we find what they do distasteful.
In the public sphere matters become a little more problematic. But I think we are nevertheless able to construct a loose form of morality, grounded of course in human affairs and the "real world". What this code will be will depend upon the structure and form of the polity involved: for different people with different beliefs in different places and at different times it may, understandably enough, be different.
Whilst I don't claim to have "worked it all out" yet, I think we can at least establish a few starting principles which point in the right direction. I tend to veer towards the utilitarian ethic, to decide the "goodness" or "badness" of public actions on the amount of happiness they produce for the greatest number. So, for example, someone who goes around robbing old grannies of their possessions is "wrong" insofar as they are harming that person, making them personally unhappy and making a great many more unhappy out of the ensuing fear for individual safety.
It's hard to conceive of people sitting there judging individual actions on how much "happiness" and "unhappiness" they produce, but I think that a general morality can be established on the basis of what generally
brings about such things about - the consequence being that murder, rape, theft and so on are deemed "wrong". In the final resort, I think people will have to always keep an eye on present reality, and be willing to make exceptions in terms of practicality and the "common good" as and when these arise.
Again, I stress that I by no means have "all the answers", but I think any
practically minded ethical code based upon reason and human concerns is preferable to the Christian absolute moral paradigm.
It's probably a facade anyway. He's probably created a persona to seduce you and lure you somewhere dangerous, maybe even all of us. REAL 18 year old boys can't spell so consistently.
Yes. I am, in actual fact, a 95 year-old man, smoking my pipe and drinking copious quantities of scotch as I while away my senility in my country estate.