How can I take a stance on the ethics of animal exploitation when I believe there is no right or wrong in the matter? If I do not believe there is religious mandate for morals, and, if I attribute my own sense of right/wrong to childhood conditioning, (which does not carry authority outside of the stimulus response system of my own brain), how can I write 7 pages on the right 'n wrong of the matter?
Hmm… I’d hate to fake a point. I wouldn’t feel right about it. (not that I would say it is “wrong”, in a cosmic sense, for someone else to do so). Even if I did fake a stance, I still don’t think I’d beable to justify it without some basic assumption that I’m not willing to make. For instance, I’d have to assume that inflicting pain is wrong, and what justification can I have for that other than God; and I hate to bring God into it because I don’t believe I can prove whether he exists one way or another.
It’s true that atheists can be compassionate people, but I believe that their compassion is illogical based on their fundamental assumptions. There’s no logical for for the morality of self-lessness without a religious or spiritual source. Socio-biological factors don’t mean anything when it comes to the pursuit of one’s pleasure.
Hmm, I think my philosophies probably align best with Nieztch and Ayn Rand, even if I, unlike those two, am not void of compassion. Philosophy is about logic; compassion merely a corruption of objectivity. Perhaps I could use them as a spring board.
Unless, objectivity is, in and of itself, somehow inherently a flawed mindset. I can’t prove that this isn’t the case. Maybe I should be tapping into the “Global Conciousness” via my emotions. ha…
By skipping every class and not doing any homework, I managed to get through this entire philosophy class without tying my mind in knots; this term paper may yet be my doom.
I shall not, as far as I am concerned, try to pass myself off as a Christian in your presence. I share with you the same revulsion from evil. But I do not share your hope, and I continue to struggle against this universe in which children suffer and die.
– Albert Camus