Ground-Truthing: Characteristics of Moral Growth and Decay Then and Now Thought Experiment 2.2.1
Reconsider the causes and effects of moral Growth and Decay: Love of life . . . . Love of others . . . . Willingness to risk action based on freedom, responsibility, and independent personal choice vs. Love of death, force, violence, mechanism, and power . . . . Absolutism and malignant narcissism . . . . Authoritarianism and related dependence and fear.
Thinking of all the Earth’s cultures and peoples, past and present, are any of these characteristics only true today? Were any only true 2000 years ago? Were any true 6000 years ago? Have any of the conflicts been resolved or eliminated? Do these conflicts still exist? What do the stories of your culture show you about human nature?
No tradition escapes the results of human nature because all are expressions of the human condition. Essentially the basic struggles of life have been and are still on the continuum between moral Growth and moral Decay. From ancient days to today, humanness is the constant. We wear different clothes, travel in different ways, communicate with different devices, kill each other or love each other in a wide variety of circumstances – yet humans still struggle with these basic attitudes, choices, and actions.
Without Words We Cannot Think
“Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then be not too eager to deal out death in the name of justice, fearing for your own safety. Even the wise cannot see all ends.” J.R.R.Tolkien (1892-1973), The Lord of the Rings (1948)