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Why Spiritually Based Moral Codes Work Better Than Secular Ones, Revisited

January 24, 2012

Why Spiritually Based Moral Codes Work Better Than Secular Ones: Revisited

The painful and damaging outcomes for both non-believing individuals and non-believing sociocultures that engage in immoral behavior (and enjoy the more powerful immediate environmental reinforcers) are often so delayed that the individuals and socioculures are unaware of them. This makes the exercise of what we commonly call “self-control” impossible. Over time the accruing delayed negative results can become calamitous. Sadly, for individuals and cultures, the accruing tragic delayed consequences are undetected until it is too late to avoid or escape them.

If you watch the behaviors of individuals and our government in America, you should be able to see many examples of what I am discussing.

Without the God (the“Eye In The Sky”) and His whopping spiritual consequences for individuals, it will be very difficult to teach them, or the governments and sociocultures they comprise, to give-up personal pleasures so that the world will remain unpolluted, animal creatures will survive, or that future children will inherit healthy environmental and economic conditions.   Without God and His Moral Code, it will be very difficult (perhaps impossible) to teach masses of humans to sacrifice their own immediate conveniences and pleasures so their contemporaries, and future generations, can have better lives.

This is not to say that science, if it will only do its work in the field of moral behavior, cannot identify important principles to support or supplement historically successful religiously based values for human morality.  But for the present, there appears to be no way out of this moral dilemma:

Either a socioculture is to some extent built upon commonly accepted, religiously based precepts, or is likely to fail under the weight of its own behavioral chaos; much as America and the West doing is now.

 

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.   1/24/12

You Can’t Lie To The Eye In The Sky

January 2, 2012

You Can’t Lie To The Eye In The Sky

Please notice that many communites are strategically mounting video cameras in an attempt to control criminal (immoral) behavior. There is a strong message in this technological effort, which is doomed to failure.

B.F. Skinner once argued that a government that governs least, governs best, only when something else is  governing. This of course suggests that without good values and moral behaviors, and a source of their maintenance,  “The People” will be unable to govern themselves effectively.

You are seeing the truth of this statement dramatically playing-out, now during Amrica’s tragic decline.

Secular humanism (atheism)  cannot provide the good behaviors and values needed for a population’s sucessful self-governance. The following is an explanation of some of the reasons this is true.

For those who do not believe in God, the question is: Why should they believe in God’s rules for personal conduct?  What moral influences on the nonbeliever are left?

For non-believers,  God’s moral rules are apt to be weaker because there are no spiritual consequences for resisting our innate tendency to selfishly maximize our immediate pleasures with blindness to the damaging delayed consequences of such behavior.

It is natural for humans to associate with others who share similar views and behavior patterns; and who will agree with and reinforce their own, and others, short-sighted pleasure-driven actions. Non-believers, like Believers,  will normally avoid the company of those who do not approve of their thoughts, words and actions.

Non-believers are more likely to associate with those who reward conformity to nonreligious moral codes. Unfortunately, a great many non-religious guides are inferior to the religious ones due to delayed harmful consequences to misbehaving individuals, their loved ones, and the whole socioculture in which they reside.

Secular social moral influences will also have a weaker effect upon the moral conduct of non-believers for another reason. Non-believers will experience social consequences for only their behaviors that are detected by their moral associates. Social moral influences will  be weak when nonbelievers can behave in private, with anonymity (i.e.,the internet, large cities, travel to distant locations). Under these conditions many short and long-term negative social consequences are more easily escaped or avoided by those who do immoral things. Modernity promotes the very conditions that increase privacy, anonymity, and association with others, who are willing participants and share similar immoral value systems and behavioral tendencies. Anonymity also makes it more likely that those who behave badly can find unwitting victims.

On the other hand, for True Believers the most powerful consequences come from their personal God who they believe sees everything they do and even knows their private thoughts. For them, God will certainly consequate their public and private behavior. He will provide worldly misfortunes  for bad public and private behavior, as well as well-known  spiritual (i.e., heaven or hell) delayed consequences.  For the believer, these consequences are certain and they can very powerfully influence the quality of their actions.

The main reason that the True Believer will be more likely to be better behaved than the non-believer simple.

For the True Believer, there is no way to lie to the Eye in the Sky.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.   1/2/12


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