Days of Change

Moral Authority | July 16, 2015

So, I’ve written about leaders and followers, about rules and enforcement and about the people who decide what’s important and what’s not. People should have the right to act like jerks, but there needs to be a form of feedback to correct the excesses in that regard. Laws are not a sufficient restraint because ordinary people rarely have the ability to enforce laws and most don’t feel it’s their place to do so. Society works when there is an innate sense of what is the correct and incorrect way to act. That’s called morality. The enforcement of it is called moral authority.

I can quickly get into an argument about “the good old days” with this, but the good old days weren’t always good. Mob mentality isn’t a proper outlet for moral authority. However, the world seems to be moving to a model of less moral authority and more behavior codes and laws designed for social engineering. People are less religious and cling to the belief that a personal code of conduct (or morality) is sufficient or even superior. History shows that is clearly false. With great power comes great responsibility, but Shakespeare observed that power corrupts. There was a time when even the richest Robber Baron had to submit to the authority of his church. Now the rich just worship money and occasionally kiss the ring of Obama’s financial backers. Sometimes Donald Trump donates $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation.

For all the complaints about religion and faith and religious people worshiping an old man in the sky, religion has worked for 10,000 years. Experiments in atheistic socialism (The French Revolution, the Soviet Union) lasted mere decades. Man was meant to face challenges. Some have it easier than others. The government gives us security in exchange for freedom every day and it has nothing to do with terrorism. We lose a little bit of our autonomy every time the state dictates who gets what and what we are allowed (and forced) to do. Politicians keep their moral authority walled off inside a large bank.

What’s worse, 10 Commandments or 10 million regulations?

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  1. Amen!

    I once followed a great discussion with a bunch of people who were building a future imaginary utopia. Finally they reasoned their way to the point of realizing that if they were going to rid the world of religion, than they were going to have to invent something to replace it with, because you simply could not have a utopian civilization without it. Even they were eventually able to recognize that religion served a vital purpose, that in the absence of any moral truth or moral authority, people just pretty much start preying on each other and crushing the weak and vulnerable.

    Comment by insanitybytes22 — July 16, 2015 @ 11:44 pm

    • The concept of faith is getting a real kick in the ass lately. I don’t know if we need another Moral Majority, but we don’t need ISIS as the arbiter of right and wrong because everyone else is too self centered to submit to a higher power.

      Comment by 1539days — July 17, 2015 @ 12:17 am

  2. Homosexual “marriage” and abortion on demand are not about reproductive rights–and wrongs–but I-dolatry.

    Comment by Mary — July 17, 2015 @ 1:10 am

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