I’ve recently held a conversation with a friend at school on what each of our feelings are concerning purpose in life and whether or not a sense of purpose means a sense of entitlement. She argues that from an evolutionary perspective (from a scientific perspective, as a whole), the contingency of life and the human species gives no room for any serious consideration as to what the purpose of the whole cosmic process is. Personally, I have a hard time fighting the potential truth in what she’s saying: as science becomes more and more powerful as a tool for material explanations, why should there be purpose, and is there any evidence for purpose?
One issue, however, that I did take with her words were her feelings of obligation to be kind to people, to make others’ lives easier. But how could she so blindly attach intrinsic worth to a product of time plus matter plus chance? Also, do our feelings of the sensibleness of morality justify the universality of it? In other words, can she seriously make the statement that people deserve respect from the ideology of a non-theistic universe?
Lastly, if it can be shown logically that certain moral behaviors are more conducive to human progress than others, then what ultimately is the need for absolute moral truth, and by extension where lies the necessity of a Moral Law-Giver?