TNQ | Troythulu’s Noontide Query
As a former Seventh-Day Adventist, I drew my moral principles from religion until I came to see their source, dogmatic scriptural authority, as absolutist, and now consider much of Old Testament ‘morality’ wrong and outdated. We’ve made real moral progress as a species since the Bronze Age of the Middle East over the past 3,000 years.
In my experience, I found much of scriptural morality associated strongly with feelings of anxiety over the most trivial shortcomings and, yes, you guessed it — fear of Hell…
After looking around a bit and being disappointed each time I looked, it hit me that there was no way I was going to have authentic, non-arbitrary ethical or moral values from any sort of faith-based authoritarian belief system or doctrines, so after the futility of looking for a new religion, I eventually stopped believing in faith as a path to valid knowledge and started more closely examining my supposed justifications for believing what I do, looking into more philosophically-based theories of ethics.
And so it goes…
I finally settled on humanist philosophy as just the right fit, and it stuck with me ever since as a guide for proper behavior toward both other humans and other species.
So here’s the pop question–
From what source or sources do you draw the sense of morality and ethical duty in your life?
TNQ is a daily question that I pose to you, my readers, and please, do feel free to comment — I’m not an ogre. As per the title, TNQ is published each weekday at 12:00 PM