The Fundemental Choices

Why do you believe what you believe?

Is it just because it works for you, you seem like a moral person?

Were you raised with it, is it all you have ever known?

Do you feel that letting go of your beliefs–those things which you believe give you your knowing of right and wrong, such as a god–would cause you to lose all control and to have no moral boundaries? Everything goes when your God is gone?

Then were you really moral to begin with? Moral only because you were told to but not because you want to?

Do you say that your God gives reason and could not be the other way around? Then how could your God be reasonable if not discerned by reason?

Do you first say that it is right because your faith tells you and then set out to prove it right or do you first set out to see IF it is right and if it seems reasonably so then believe?

Do you search for the truth with the initiative of proving true what you already believe to be true or do you simply search the truth for it’s own sake?

Are you open-minded? Do you consider the possibility of your beliefs being wrong and any other being right?

Are you skeptical of all things including your own beliefs?

Are you curious even of the beliefs that you hate and you feel completely oppose your morality?

Do you ever entertain the thought of leaving the one you have now?

Rather than accepting the values of your beliefs at their face value do you ask WHY they are moral?

Is your answer that they come from an all moral God but you do not then back up the supposedly moral with anything other than that?

Do you question your beliefs? How frequently?

Do you debate with the premise that you are right and thus must defend or with the premise that you do not know and thus must sort out both sides with fairness to each’s equal possibility of being correct?

Is reason your highest value? Is faith your highest value?

Is morality decided by faith or reason?

Is all that is rational also moral? Is all that is moral also rational? Is morality ever separate from rationality?

Your answer to that last question is THE most fundamental choice for your base of morality. The entire framework of my beliefs are shaped around the simple choice to believe that rationality IS morality. That whatever my own reason tells me is how I should operate. That reason is my highest value. To pick the other side, that rationality may sometimes be immoral, to say that the “heart” can ever be separate from the mind, means to then open the question of what does decide morality. You may say it is a God. You must pick one of these sides, there is no in between. The person who says that God creates morality and that reason also creates morality is to say that God is reason. Reason is not a living thing, it is an abstraction and unless your God is the same nonliving abstraction they can not be the same. Two subjective abstractions may be the same but two objective entities can not, neither can one objective and one subjective. A is A, it can not be B if they are both entirely objective and have absolute attributes which define it as either A or B. How is purpose to be found without reason? Based on the absoluteness of reason it can’t. So to say that God presupposes reason is to say that God presupposes purpose, which makes God without a purpose, it makes everything pointless. This, the issue of reason, is the most fundamental choice and it leads to the next.

What does reason imply?

Reason is noncontradiction. Reason implies that existence exists. That we are here. It implies that I think that I can think. That we have consciousness. That subjectivity is self-evident. It implies that we exist and that we know we exist. It implies both an objective existence and the subjective understanding of existence, we cannot think(subjective) if we do not exist(objective). This introduces the next two fundamental choices: Do I believe in subjectivity? And do I believe in objectivity?

From this, if we accept both the premise that morality is derived from reason and that it implies objectivity which presupposes subjectivity which is self-evident, we can rationally discern that morality is objective. That there is an absolute moral truth. Notice that this conclusion is reached without the supposition of God. If you do not believe in subjectivity or objectivity after following these steps……..your probably high.

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