Key Theses

(1) There is such a thing as right and wrong.

This sounds obvious — like something we’d all want to be true.

(2) There is such a thing as helpful vs. harmful speech.

If we accept (1) above, and sign on for the quest for moral truth, then we can begin to distinguish helpful discourse (that which helps us clarify right from wrong), from harmful discourse (that which obfuscates this difference, blurs the line, or denies there’s a difference at all).

  1. Illuminates the general principle of right and wrong,
  2. Aids us in perceiving the specific situation we’re in,
  3. and translates between the two (i.e. helps us apply our general ethical principles to a specific situation).
  1. Obfuscates the general principle of right and wrong,
  2. Prevents us from perceiving the specific situation we’re in, or
  3. Interferes with the translation between the two.

Post-Truth

We talk about being in a post-truth world. I agree, but think the problem is much deeper than people think. Because we’ve not only abandoned factual truth — we’ve also abandoned moral truth.

I’ve been blessed with moral uncertainty.

It is perhaps a blessing that I’ve been deeply concerned about finding a moral path to take. While this has led to intense difficulty making certain decisions, it’s led me to ask a whole series of intense questions that are beginning to firm up my resolve as to what I really want in life. For some people, these choices are easy to the point of being automatic. They want simple things (money, free time, etc.), and it’s just a process of figuring out how to best achieve them. For me, the choices have been hard. I don’t really know what I want, and the things I want conflict. I don’t know what’s right in this world.

  1. Obfuscate the general principle of right and wrong
  2. Prevent us from perceiving the specific situation we’re in
  3. Interfere with the translation between the two (i.e. the process of applying general ethical principles to a specific situation).
  • Morality is real
  • Morality is not real
  • Morality is both real and non-real
  • Morality is neither real nor non-real
  • Morality matters.
  • Morality does not matter.
  • Morality both matters and does not matter.
  • Morality neither matters nor does not matter.
  • Morality does not matter.
  • Morality does not not matter.
  • Morality does not both matter and not matter.
  • Morality does not neither matter nor not matter.

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