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Old 07-4-2009, 07:21 PM   #21
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Default Re: What stops me doing wrong in a materialistic universe?

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Justice to me is so important. I feel like justice is built in to us as human beings.
I find it strange when people use justice as a word that has some grandeur to it when it's a very simple concept.

Yes, justice is built-in to humans, but justice is selfish ultimately. The idea is, "I don't want to be killed, so it is a very good idea to not kill anyone else, as this will increase the chances of it happening to me." And thus social norms are created. Justice is built in because human beings don't like dying, pain, hunger, etc., and it is the system that minimizes these things.


I find it funny when people consider a god to be the ultimate judge of what is just, though. Our morals are based on what we do like and don't like done to us. If an ultimate creator even put pain, hunger, death, etc. into the system it created itself, then clearly these things are totally dandy. Or else, why create them? Why even create wrong?

A god should be the last entity to care about what you do because it is the one who gave you the opportunity to do it in the first place.
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Old 07-6-2009, 09:16 AM   #22
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Default Re: What stops me doing wrong in a materialistic universe?

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The argument is there to be made that God created humans, humans in turn created evil. In which case yes God created something that created evil, but that does not inherently make God evil.

If you then go down the path of why did God create the potential for evil the simple response is with out free will, we are all just robots and none of the positives of human existence would have any meaning.

As for your idea of justice just being selfish, is an interesting one.
However I believe that true justice comes from the viewpoint of love. Thus meaning that it is not "I don't want this to happen to me" but "I don't ever want this to happen to anyone, because I care for them."

I guess you can see the later as having an ulitamitly selfish in means. But that would beg the question as to why someone would die to protect justice.

Why would someone take on all of the evils that justice fights against if he simply wants justice to protect himself from those evils?

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I am aware that there is "justice" from a whole host of human sources, be it "religion" or state or else wise. I am trying to appeal to the idea of a justice that is set free from the deception of human influence. A universal justice. A universal justice that can't exist in a materialistic world.

Is there a desire for that universal justice in all human beings? Or is there at least at some point in everyones life?
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Old 07-6-2009, 10:03 AM   #23
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Default Re: What stops me doing wrong in a materialistic universe?

I guess this thread really is stemming from this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argument_from_morality

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All forms of the moral argument begin with the premise of moral normativity, that is, that well-functioning human beings are typically aware of actions as being right and wrong. Furthermore, this awareness binds them to certain obligations, regardless of their personal goals and ends. In this sense, moral qualities have the appearance of objectivity: when someone says "I ought to do something" they do not mean the same as "I would like to do something". Another aspect of this is that a proposition such as "torturing babies for fun is wrong" is generally regarded as a statement of fact, a position known as moral realism.
In its most general form, the moral argument is that:
1. Some aspect of Morality (e.g., its objective force) is observed.
2. Belief in God provides a better explanation of this feature than various alternatives.
3. Therefore, to the extent that (1) is accepted, belief in God is preferable to these alternatives
So in some way I was trying to flesh out arguments against point 1. I wanted to hear what other rational thinkers thought.
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Old 07-6-2009, 03:12 PM   #24
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I am aware that there is "justice" from a whole host of human sources, be it "religion" or state or else wise. I am trying to appeal to the idea of a justice that is set free from the deception of human influence. A universal justice. A universal justice that can't exist in a materialistic world.

Is there a desire for that universal justice in all human beings? Or is there at least at some point in everyones life?
A universal justice requires an objective preexisting source of moral "right" to exist. For religious people that it God, it is very difficult to suggest an objective source for universal morals/justice unless you basically boil it down to a general principle like "Actions are good which serve to counter entropy" or something. Not that such a thing carries all that much by way of usefulness to ones daily life.
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Old 07-7-2009, 01:00 AM   #25
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Default Re: What stops me doing wrong in a materialistic universe?

If someone really wants to they will. Personally, hurting another person just doesn't feel right to me so I'm not going to go through with it. And another reason would be I simply don't want to anyways. It wouldn't make me feel any better about life than I already feel about it.
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Old 07-13-2009, 02:48 PM   #26
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Ok, so far we have concluded:
If there is only materialism then there is nothing to stop someone from doing wrong.

From this:
How does this effect the idea of materialism? Does materalism contradict the idea that many people have that there should be justice. That ultimately no crime should go unpunished.
Where are you trying to take this? Survival is materialistic, it is the outter bounds for why people don't do whatever they impulse. I do not see how you say survival is an invalid excuse. I would throw myself in front of trains to see how it would feel if it didnt kill me.

The longing for "justice" in the world you are trying to get at is cause and effect. Every action has reactions. it has been programmed into us through genes and through society. Other then that unless your trying to find concrete proof in a higher being by trying to decipher justice? I think there is easier ways to do it.

Law is trying to make unfavorable conditions taken out of society, and hopefully what they are aiming for is the general good of all.

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Old 07-14-2009, 06:51 PM   #27
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It seems like this got much more complicated than was necessary. Every action that a person makes IS, in the end, for themselves. What "stops" you from doing bad is either the fear of punishment or the fear of losing a reward. This is how we train animals, this is how we teach children, this is how we ourselves were taught. Justice is just a form of punishment. Religion is a form of reward, if followed, or punishment if disobeyed. It is the same for school, work, relationships... It is just how we work. Just look at racism. Less than 100 years ago it was considered "right" to be able to own people because of their skin color. Now it is considered awful, but many of the older people in our society, that were raised in that time, still show clear signs of racism. People believe what they are taught, and will act accordingly.

It is as simple as that.
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Old 07-15-2009, 02:17 AM   #28
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A god should be the last entity to care about what you do because it is the one who gave you the opportunity to do it in the first place.
A father is partially responsible in creating his son and gives his son the opportunity to act in the first place. And of course, the father also cares about what his son does. So I don't think that providing an opportunity to do anything necessitates complete disregard for one's actions.
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