Saturday, August 08, 2009
AUGUST 10 2009 - THE MORAL INSTINCT (PART 3)
"MEGA THEORY" - THE MORAL INSTINCT & REALITY - HYPOTHESIS 2
.10 The Theory states we have a Moral Instinct within our human nature which controls all others, including the sexual, territorial & language instincts.
.11 Seven Values form the basis of this Moral Instinct - The Mega Instinct - foundational principles which manifest themselves in the reality of our personality, in our relationships with others, and in the world.
.12 The Seven Values of the Mega Instinct are :
"MEGA THEORY" - THE MORAL INSTINCT & REALITY - HYPOTHESIS 3
.12 The Theory states there is a "Collective Moral Instinct" - a unity of common moral thought - similar to Carl Jung's Collective Unconscious".
.13 There are many examples of the "Collective Moral Instinct" at work in global & local politics (especially regarding democracy, freedom, crime & punishment, war & peace etc) :
1. THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION & DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE (July 4 1776) : "We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal; and they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights; that among those are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness"
2. THE FRENCH REVOLUTION & DECLARATION OF THE RIGHTS OF MAN(July 14 1789) : "Liberty ! Egalite ! Fraternite ! (Liberty ! Equality ! Brotherhood !)
3. THE UNITED NATIONS DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS (December 10 1948) : "Everyone has the Right to Life, Liberty and Security of Person"
4. THE POST-WAR "ENGLISH REVOLUTION" (1945) & Labour's Election victory
5. THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT (1962) & Martin Luther King
6. MANDELA'S 'TRUTH & RECONCILIATION' COMMISSION (1994) & the ending of Apartheid in South Africa.
7. THE SECOND AMERICAN REVOLUTION (2008) & the election of a first black President.
8. INDEPENDENT ELECTION DECLARATION
Chomsky asked the question :
"How do children learn a language so fast ?
And he came up essentially with 'The Language Instinct (Pinker)
I ask the question :
"How have we survived for so long, as human animals, without killing more of each other ?
And I have come up essentially with "The Moral Instinct" (aka "The Mega Instinct").
"THE MEGA INSTINCT" (AS APPLIED TO DEMOCRACY & POLITICS - THE INDEPENDENT ELECTION DECLARATION)
SEVEN REASONS NOT TO KILL OURSELVES - OR OTHERS
"THE SPIRIT" BY JOSE
http://canarislander.wordpress.com/2009 ... he-spirit/
February 14, 2009
An English dictionary: The intelligent or immaterial part of “man” as distinguished from the body//the animating or vital principle in living things.
So far so good. There are other definitions of what a spirit is, but I am very much afraid that they have been taken out of religious texts. Soul is the differentiating trait in human attitudes, as differentiating are the traits in the physiognomy of them, because the rest of the body may present traits which are not standard but this is just not the normal natural aspect of persons.
What does the spirit of a person represent? And how the spirit is achieved? Yes, achieved. Is it a trait God gives to each of us?
I am not intending to mix religions in this post, it would be very daring of me and it would most probably molest many of the potential readers.
Apart from the macho definition of that dictionary I have had for many years now, I am inclined to believe spirit is the part of the human being - woman or man - that concerns their attitude towards life and their fellow persons, or animals or plants within their surroundings, or even themselves.
What one thinks of other is a conception that is derived from one’s spirit. What one feels for another is a sentiment that is derived from the spirit. When one is angry, the spirit is working negatively, when one loves then the work is positive.
Is this the product of education? Yes, in a way. But no, in another way. Education in most times is responsible fo what one thinks is good or is bad. But who or what has decided what is good or bad? In my opinion, nobody or nothing. Yes, good or bad may not have come out of religious doctrines, it is a spiritual sentiment that compels us to feel in a particular way towards our fellow humans, or things or animals or plants.
Religions have those two aspects of our nature in all their teachings, but this has not been because their doctors have come to that conclusion out of their intelligence. Their intelligence is shared by us, normal persons of the street. Trying to impersonate God has also always been one of these doctors’ traits who have believed themselves to be owners of truth, but truth is independent, free and cannot be anybody’s weapon.
God is intangible, God cannot be touched, or understood, anyone that dares to say the contrary is outright wrong.
Who is wrong or who is right? Are men wrong or right? Are women wrong or right? Is sex right or wrong? Which type of sex is right or wrong? Who are we humans to dictate what our spirits decide regarding anything?
These are questions that occur to me very often. The definitive answer has not yet come to my mind - or is it spirit?
Perhaps "The Spirit" is the "Moral Instinct" - or "The Mega Instinct" ?
There will always be different types of people in the world, which is why communism will never work. In all societies there will be found both the industrious and lazy, clever and stupid, rich and poor, fat and thin, tall and short and all between. It is this wide variety of individual personalities that goes to make up our different cultures, and should be celebrated.
I see myself as a ‘Liberal Socialist’ (if there is such a thing), and believe that prosperity and the accumulation of personal wealth is not a bad thing, as long as that wealth is put to good use and is not acquired at the expense of others. Unfortunately, this is rarely true.
My opinion coincides with 34&rising, but I differ on the issue of wealth, accumulating wealth will invariably lead to a change in the personality of the wealthy.
Respect through good judgement should be the logical aim, utopian of course. Which must start by self-respect. All the rest is aleatory and always depending on circumstances and personal attitudes.
In the list given by Richard of the seven reasons why we don't kill one another or ourselves, I miss FEAR.
Richard W. wrote:
SEVEN REASONS NOT TO KILL OURSELVES - OR OTHERS
Jose asks why "FEAR" is not included.
Good point. I think it's because I see the above Values/Motivators as 7 POSITIVE reasons for NOT killing ourselves (or others). Fear is a NEGATIVE - and can also be cited as a reason FOR killing ourselves (or others).
I see FEAR as a form of PAIN. Much of our behaviour (but not all) can be explained by the simple Hedonistic principle of "the pursuit of pleasure, and the avoidance of pain."
Many people kill themselves, I sense, to stop the pain (eg of fear)...but also many people do NOT kill themselves because of the pain (eg of fear).
Does this make sense