Moral foundations - Objective, Subjective & etc: The forever topic


(Roger A. Sawtelle) #161

You are right. The Bible is not about metaphysics and much of our problem comes from confusing Christianity with metaphysics.


#162

There is where moral progress comes in play. Democracy is the wil of the majority to a certain degree, some basic humans rights are granted by the constitution of the country and cannot be violated even if the majority choses to.


#163

Yes and no. At least for the US Constitution, all of it can be rewritten through the amendment process. In fact, one could call a constitutional congress and chuck the entire constitution out the window. We keep those protections in place because we don’t trust ourselves, in a sense. We recognize that the majority can trample on the rights of the minority, and that any majority can become a minority at any time. Therefore, we set out rules ahead of time that we adhere to even if it is inconvenient to the majority. It’s a bit like not allowing the rules of a sport to be changed by the leading team during a match.


#164

Yeah, but we do recognize these things as morally valuable, which is a point in favor of mankind’s morals.