Morality Interpretations

I substantially realize that human cultures across the globe have many similarities in themes related to ethics and morality. However, there are significant differences associated with a culture’s views on ethics and morality. I ask, “Why the differences if humans have all inherited Perennial Wisdom’s Natural Moral Code?” And, I answer by stating that the cultural differences come from the various interpretations cultures make related to esoteric Perennial Wisdom and the Natural Moral Code. I suggest a culture’s Perennial Philosophy interpretation is dependent on that culture’s own evolutionary journey and the manner in which it has evolved in making ethical judgments. That is, judgments coming from the culture’s interpretation of natural laws and how to enforce those laws. Ultimately, each culture will develop a core set of moral code standards related to key social-interests and part of those standards are to what extent individuals in that society are allowed to develop and choose their own self-interests. Some cultures are more prohibitive in allowing individual self-interest to deviate from collective social-interest. Other cultures are more lenient towards individual experimentation, and allow certain behaviors to vary from social moral standards. Just as important, each one of us according to our own personality and our own self-evolutionary journey can make our own interpretation of natural laws and natural rights, and the degree to which we conform to our culture’s interpretation of these laws and rights.

Human laws – There exists over 6,000 years of history that have recorded cultural interpretations of natural law.  E. L. Allen said “natural law provides the criteria by which all human laws are to be assessed, and  no such law is morally binding if it violates the principles of natural law.” (1966) Over time, as cultures have  increased consciousness, awareness, comprehension, and knowledge of Nature, human nature, and human natural rights they may modify their laws.  Stanton Samenow said, “laws change, the act that is considered a crime today may not be considered one tomorrow. But human nature does not change, and there are moral laws that are universal.”(1998) Laws for a particular culture may change but the universal moral themes of a particular culture’s laws have historical similarities across cultures. There are indubitable historical cultural common law themes such as: 1.) do not murder, steal, lie, commit adultery, abuse children, commit suicide, rape, vandalize, commit arsony, or pillage, and 2.) do protect the human right to life, have prosocial behaviors, help thy neighbor, advocate for temperance, come to the common defense, pay one’s debts, help the poor, cooperate with others, and protect the helpless. What changes more than the natural moral themes is the punishment (retribution) when the do not’s are violated. In posts to come I will discuss punishment and good-and-evil.

morality and cultural interpretations

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