I am open to starting a real debate here. For I assert morality is biologically based – Period! The origins of morality emanate from an evolutionary based Perennial Wisdom. Perennial Philosophy then flows from this naturalistic eternal-and-enduring wisdom. Zoroaster (7th Cent BC) referred to Perennial Wisdom as perennial natural morality. I propose that there exists natural immutable universal moral standards for human behavior. If recognized, these standards can bring order and balance to the human world. There are natural laws of conduct inherent in human biology that can become the foundation for human laws. I go on and state that biologically based natural laws make all of us inheritors of human natural rights (more to come). I propose that Natural Moral Codes become the basis for natural justice laws and our natural rights. There is real poetic beauty in this inherited genomic morality guidance. I reflect on how a necklace of evolutionary guidance can ever so slowly move humanity towards a genetic common core species morality.
Morality has gone through thousands and millions of years of transgenerational evolution as our pre-human ancestors experimented with and ever-so-slowly adapted to better ways to survive. There have been a vast number of years of building survival skills and people skills of living with others. There have been thousands and millions of years of competition and cooperation required for both individual and species survival. Biologically based morality has evolved that has made possible concurrent community living. Biologically based morality is an antediluvian morality that has held clans, families, and communities together. These ancient standards of behavior are passed on in our genes (DNA). Survival of ourselves, our family, our community, our very species is genomically encoded. That is, survival is baked into the human genome —> human nature. It is a matter of accepting, trusting, respecting, and cooperating with Nature’s evolved and genetically based Natural Moral Code. I advance the notion that over an extended period of time the potential exists for human evolution to include additional genetic enhancement towards “good human” characterological traits. At some point I will discuss the Next Step in Human Evolution.
I adamantly portend that all of us innately know the difference between right and wrong due to our inborn natural law instincts. I advance the idea that conscience is innate for all of us, but often underutilized and ignored by many of us. We intuitively possess a morality of do no harm to others because all of us know (even the opportunistic heartless sociopath) when another is being harmed. It doesn’t have to be taught that harmful actions against another person are wrong, because we know when we are harming and taking advantage of others. Benjamin Franklin referred to a universality of morality by humans. In Inquiry Concerning Virtue (1699), the 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury said the moral sense for humans is innate and comes from inherent natural feelings (not religious indoctrination). Thomas Paine’s best known work The Rights of Man, (1792) advanced the idea that acknowledging natural laws + individual rationality is the basis of sovereignty. Catholic moralists argue that there are natural laws to follow, but they disagree on how these laws are experienced in humans. I find it fascinating that the Catholic Church (and other religions) refer to natural law and rights, and to have respect for natural moral laws and rights, but at the same time is so afraid of, intimidated by, and condemnatory of human natural desires and urges. Let the debate begin!