Saturday, August 08, 2009
AUGUST 8 2009 - THE MORAL INSTINCT (PART 1)
I'm getting pretty 'burnt out' with all this 'killing for democracy' by global gangsters, and my disastrous personal life, so I'm off on a 'philosophical holiday' - to the land of Plato...
Yes, it's a way of 'escape'...'therapy' if you prefer...a form of relaxation and release from the brutal, insane realities of the present moment.
I make no apology for this - my mind is refreshed and re-invigorated after such a 'brain holiday'...and gives me an extraordinarily wonderful illusion of personal sanity and creativity.
http://www.britannica.com/eb/topic-4649 ... le-9060438
http://www.philosophyprofessor.com/phil ... tonism.php
"MEGA - THE MORAL INSTINCT"
http://booksbycslewis.blogspot.com/2008 ... f-man.html
"It is important to remember that language itself is a moral medium, almost all uses of language convey value.
This is one reason why we are almost always morally active.
"Life is soaked in the moral, literature is soaked in the moral.
If we attempted to describe this room, our descriptions would naturally carry all sorts of values.
"Value is only artificially, and with difficulty, expelled from language for scientific purposes".
Iris Murdoch (1919-1999). Novelist & Oxford Tutor in Philosophy
(Source : "Men of Ideas" by Bryan Magee - 'Philosophy and Literature' - BBC 1978)
Every human soul has seen,
Perhaps even before their birth,
Pure Forms, such as Justice, Temperance, Beauty
And all the great moral qualities
Which we hold in honour
We are moved to what is Good
By the faintest memory of these Forms
Simple, and calm, and blessed
Which we once saw in a pure, clear light
Being pure ourselves"
(Iris Murdoch - "Iris" Film)
'MEGA' - THE MORAL INSTINCT
THE MEGA INSTINCT - THE SYMONDS MEGA MOTIVATION THEORY OF MORAL CONSCIOUSNESS
http://crawleyindependent.blogspot.com/ ... moral.html
THE 'MEGA' THEORY OF MORAL CONSCIOUSNESS states that moral Values exist objectively and independently of the human mind (Moral Realism) - and our subjective actions, thoughts, ideas and beliefs discover (rather than create) those moral Values - Plato's Recollection Theory.
Thus, our actions, thoughts, ideas and beliefs can be objectively right or wrong - independently good or bad - whether we subjectively believe they are, or not.
The 'Mega' Theory states that Values are objectively real - such as Truth, Beauty and Goodness - and we are subjectively conscious of these Values through our Mega Instinct - a kind of 'seventh sense'.
What is 'real' serves as an objective 'other' - independent of ourselves - against which we can test and measure our subjective actions, thoughts, ideas and beliefs.
It is, therefore, always possible that our actions, thoughts, ideas and beliefs could be wrong, mistaken, and in error...
Tarski's Correspondence Theory of Truth, Popper's Scientific Method and Joad's Immanence-Transcendence (IT) Theory, are closely associated with this 'Mega' Theory of Moral Consciousness.
THE SYMONDS MEGA MOTIVATION THEORY ('THE MEGA THEORY') states that we are motivated by seven ultimate Values (Mega Motivations), of which we can conceive of nothing greater :
The Theory further states that we are motivated by that which we most value; if we discover what we value, we will discover what motivates us. 'The Anselm Acid Test' is used to discover what we most value; and thus we can discover what motivates us.
According to the 'Mega' Theory. we value that which motivates us - and we are motivated by that which we value.
Therefore, it follows that if we value "death", then we are motivated by it.
As I see it, most of the human species believe - as did Freud, Jung et al - that we are motivated in some way (consciously or unconsciously) by death - and/or the thought of death.
Therefore, according to the Theory, we value death in some way (consciously or unconsciously) - and/or the thought of death.
But the 'Mega' Theory goes one stage further...
To discover if "death" is that which we value THE MOST (& motivates us the most) at any particular time - ie that which is the most important to us - we simply apply 'The Anselm Acid Test', by asking this question to ourselves :
"CAN I CONCEIVE OF ANYTHING GREATER, OR MORE IMPORTANT, THAN...DEATH"
If you cannot, then death is that which you most value (at that time), and which motivates you the most (at that time) -according to the Theory.
Personally, I can conceive in my mind something more important than death (at this time), so it is something that I value - and am motivated by - but not the most (at this time).
Does that help, Jose ?
Any other contributions/criticisms from others would also be most welcome - we are navigating uncharted waters here...and it needs to be remembered that this is a Theory.
UNIVERSAL MUSICAL PRINCIPLES - UNIVERSAL GRAMMAR - UNIVERSAL MORAL PRINCIPLES ?
http://metapsychology.mentalhelp.net/po ... 199&cn=394