Shayne Wissler
“… to understand is, above all, to unify.” – Albert Camus

Moral Chaos vs. Rational Unity

September 23 2016

The moral chaos of our era stems from the fact that people think they can think about moral problems, without actually knowing how to. Tell someone that they lack the math skills to solve a given math problem and they readily admit deficiency; but tell someone that they lack the skill for properly considering moral problems and their reply will be self-righteous indignation.

“… things that are true and things that are just have a natural tendency to prevail over their opposites, so that if the decisions of judges are not what they ought to be, the defeat must be due to the speakers themselves, and they must be blamed accordingly.”

— Aristotle

The problem persists because it is not only students that are delusional, but teachers as well. And so the teacher trains each new student in the dogma that the morally unskilled can not only answer ethical problems, but has a right to his own personal opinions on the matter. The second premise naturally follows from the first, for if you tell a bunch of morally ignorant kids that they can reason well about moral problems, you must also somehow account for the chaos of conflicting answers that will inevitably result. Subjectivism is the most handy myth here, or if the student also wants a metaphysical explanation, he can be told that reality is an illusion created by a collective consciousness.

Whether the incitement of moral chaos is intentional or not, it is clear who its beneficiaries are: the status quo power structures, the anointed power elite. In a mostly free society, the biggest threat to the systematic institution of injustice is indeed the emergence of rational and organized moral authority. But the fertile grounds of such an emergence is rational moral thought; to breed a zealously self-righteous ignorance is to salt the Earth and thus kill the seeds of justified outrage before they bear fruit, thus cementing the now prevailing policy of “might makes right.”

The only way out of this vicious cycle is for a new moral leadership to emerge, one which embraces reason and which sets the example of how a unity of moral thought can be achieved without resorting to dogma. Here we must recapitulate what had been formerly been shown in the sciences; we must demonstrate that just as we can find a rational consensus in realm of science, we can also find a rational consensus in the realm of ethics.

This method can work, for while moral chaos will always tear itself to pieces, perpetually creating faction out of every alliance, a rational consensus can find true and lasting unity, and thus inspire future generations to break the cycle of viciousness and open up a new era for mankind.

  1. Also see PROPOSITIONS.