Don't tell me, tell Z he bought it up.
Divine Insight wrote:
The very concept of morality is a useless concept. It has no practical value at all. All that is required is logic. Period.
The primary evil-producers are, in my opinion, greed / profit / egotism / lust for power
Secularists use the concept of "evil" too. For them it simply refers to things that are typically deemed to be undesirable by most humans. This isn't a judgement of anyone's character like religious people use the concept of morality to mean.
The religious concept of morality is nothing more than finger-pointing and name calling. It has no useful purpose at all. Calling someone immoral does no one any good.
In fact, look at Weinberg's statement. He's not even judging the religious people to be "bad people
". To the contrary he's suggesting that they are actually "good people
" who are doing bad things for all the wrong reasons.
It is true that Weinberg also acknowledges that there are people who do bad thing even potentially knowing that what they are doing is "bad
". But calling those people "immoral
" serves no useful purpose. What's the difference what we call them? They're going to continue to do what they do anyway.
So the whole idea of trying to label people as being immoral is a totally useless concept. It serves no useful purpose. Other than perhaps to make religious people convince themselves that they are somehow better than everyone else.
- A person's continual assessment
of how well they believe they are doing
relative to what they believe a personal God expects of them.