So we did a show looking at the morals of our society which is a hard thing to actually talk about because the morals of a person are hard to nail down since so many people have so many different opinions of what is moral and just. So we ended up talking about some philosophical questions that helps each listener identify their own moral beliefs and how we can justify some of our actions despite the fact that they are deemed immoral in our society. We also looked at the value we put on money vs our own lives. Both episodes are posted below but I thought we could still get a good conversation going here for those who listen[ed].
Would you press the button? Would you reach into the barrel?
Life is a balance of what you want and need for yourself and what considerations you could or should have toward others. What makes a person selfless is actually a selfish motivation because they feel better about doing things for others, a pleasure gain. Selfish and selfless both revolve around satisfaction, some have a “conscience” so focus on giving, others seem to get more out of life from luxury and entertainments that they enjoy.
Really, I think both are great, it would be ideal for a bit of both; “Charity can justify your excesses=Utopia” but unfortunately most people feel too much, or not enough, obligations toward others. To me excess empathy is as dangerous as excess apathy, it can have mortal consequences. I have an analogy; The sign in the National park says “Do not feed the wildlife” this is because they become dependant on tourists and starve when there are none around.
But I have the basic principles of; “Do not deliberately harm others without their consent” and “Don’t interfer with the choices of others without their consent” That is morality in its most simplistic incarnations, principles you can apply to almost any interactive situation, a common theme that is for the most part clear.
But I remember Ducky on NCIS saying about the difference between morals and ethics; “The ethical man knows he should not cheat on his wife, the moral man does NOT cheat on his wife” that may or may not be relevant to your discussion, but I like it, it clarifies meanings.