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moderndaythomas's Avatar Jump to comment 22 by moderndaythomas

We can think of the long-term consequences, and we can imagine what society would be like if everyone acted on a particular motive. The part of the mind that has those thoughts can disengage the part of the mind that has less noble motives.


Lets also not forget that the noble motives that we do act out are too rooted deeply in our evolutionary past.
Our very survival hinges on love, empathy and compassion. Otherwise we would not rush into a burning building to rescue a stranger, or jump into a rushing river without a moments thought of our own safety to pull from it a drowning child. We feel pain from the loss of our loved ones because we live longer when we value life. We go out of our way to prevent death.

I always bring this up when confronted with the morals dilemma from Christians.

Fri, 16 May 2008 08:35:00 UTC | #171822