|That guy, whatsisname, Gautama...
||[Jan. 22nd, 2007|01:54 pm]
That Siddhartha Gautama guy, he was pretty sharp. |
See, a long while back, I was trying to think about how morality would look. (Please, remember, when I use "moral", I mean in the sense of real and true goodness, not in the more common meaning which deems safe, consensual sex as a negative moral issue.) If there was morality, what would it look like? If a person was purely moral, what would that person want?
Well, first, if morality is real, I realized that it must be, in some way, absolute. That is, if it's wrong to cause needless harm, it's always wrong to cause needless harm. But, please, let's remember that "absolute" doesn't mean "inflexible". I said it's wrong to cause "needless harm". It certainly isn't wrong to cause "needful harm", nor can it be a 'sin' (if you go for that concept) if every test you have says that the harm you're causing is needful, or that there won't be any harm at all.
So, when you throw the letter Q into a privet bush, you're not doing something immoral. There are, after all, times it just can't be helped.
(Hitchhiker trilogy reference, if anyone missed it)
Then I thought, if this were true, what a moral person would most want is for other people to be moral. If morality was something good, more moral behavior couldn't help but make the world better.
And then I realized that this guy, Gautama, without ever even talking to me, came up with the same idea, that if you were truly free and happy, you'd want others to be similarly free and happy (which includes being moral).
Pretty sharp dude, I gotta say.