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What are morals and where do they come from?

  • Apr 7, 2013 · 3:30 PM
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Probably an unanswerable question for the ages but I think it would be fun to discuss this topic in an, ahem, philosophical way. 

Many of us don't pause when we instinctively give up our seat to en elderly person, or return a dropped wallet. Where do these unwritten rules of humanism come from? Why do we follow them? And what makes us choose and cling to the ones we do?

Religion, environment, family, society, and even if anyone is watching seem to influence our choices on which to follow and when. Are there any irreducible moral values that we can really cling to?

Hopefully we can put a dent in this doozy or at least try. Members Kat and Mark offered at the last meetup to have our next at their community rec room on Bethany and the 51. Waiting to get a definitive answer from them...

I know there are too many prospective meetups without locations but this one is solid, if only in limbo for a day or so.



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  • Kathy M.

    What morals are and what morals should be too often are different. Morals tend to change with time in history, place, individuals, societies, religions, etc. But universal Truth and Right aren't moving targets and lead to the most stable, noble morals.

    May 31, 2013

  • Mary M.

    Wish I could have made this one. Any chance of doing one or two follow-ups on this question before moving on? There's a new book out, The Bonobo and the Atheist, that addresses this issue. I would love to discuss it with others after we've read it. (Should be available soon at all local libraries.) From an NPR interview with the author, I gather his conclusion is bottom up (morals serve societies that are too big for each member to interact with every other member) rather than top down (God-imposed).

    April 7, 2013

  • JasonC

    Sorry I couldn't be there for this one and I hope everyone enjoyed the event.

    After the fact, my little contribution - why do we care where they come from if they are wrong? Or, what are the right morals, seems a much more important question than anything about their origins. If you have the right ones, their rightness is what matters; if you have the wrong ones, no theory or fact about their origins will save them.

    April 7, 2013

  • Farhad

    Wish I could make this one.

    April 7, 2013

  • JasonC

    Can't make the time, sorry...

    April 6, 2013

  • Topher S.

    Have to cancel; Sunday doesn't work for me.

    April 3, 2013

  • Mary M.

    If you do move the time up, I'd like to participate. I have to be in Chandler by 6 p.m. that day.

    April 2, 2013

  • Alphounce W.

    Sundays I work at 6pm

    April 2, 2013

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