A few years ago, watching "The West Wing," (back when it was
interesting), an episode questionned the concept of "absolute good." It
was about the fundamental concept of morality, and if there can be an
absolute (objective) morality.
Given the time in my life, it caught my attention. A morality is
basically the set of rules we put together by which we`ll live life. To
have rules, we have to have a mind to think of rules. To list them
requires a language by which to make that list. And to use the morality
requires having a life during which to apply the rules.
Everyone has their own life, therefore everyone will formulate their
own rules. One issue is if everyone will "reinvent the wheel" and try
to formulate every single rule they`ll ever use, that will ever apply
to their own life. To save time, we can borrow some useful rules that
worked for people in the past.
But it`s only to save time. No "borrowed" morality should ever
substitute for personal thinking and personal choice as to what kind of
life we want to live.
The only absolutely moral "good" is that The Good is that which is life
enhancing. ANY person or society who subscribes to any other definition
of "good" will move toward death, after which point their thinking
Beyond that, each of us must have a concept of "quality of life." And
that`s where all kinds of vague, nondescript problems start so creep
into the mix.
Todd, the question isn`t whether or not "other" people have or haven`t
gone too far. The question is how YOU choose to evaluate and respond to
the introduction of the doll. This isn`t in any way an argument in
favor of moral relativism! It`s an argument about the quality of YOUR
life, and after that, the quality of life for those close to you.
Finally, it`s about Britney`s quality of life, which you can`t affect.
Morality has become a subject of satire, attack, and parody in today`s
world. It`s mostly due to the elite intelligentsia and their
"oh-so-cool" attitude over nonchalance. They believed that morality is
an etched-in-stone event, which can`t be broken, lost, torn down, or
removed. They`re wrong.
To keep up the never-ending shock value and satire, we have to
continually find lower and lower things to make fun of, cheaper and
sleazier topics to shock with, and more disgusting things to laugh
about. The same thing happened during the last phase of the Roman
On a psychological level, never underestimate the power of being able
to say, "No matter how f**ked up my life is, at least it`s not as bad
I`ll propose that a useful rule is to examine what it is that passes
for acceptable in any society. Come up one step from that, and you`ll
find the average state of mind for the remaining members of that
This doll represents the awesome level of pain, fear, suffering, and
panic taking place on a society-wide level in our "enlightened" modern
society. As we continue on the crash path, we`ll see increasingly ugly
things. What`s tragic is the number of people who`ll shrug it off,
saying that "people have complained about things forever. It`s not any
worse than what`s happened before."
That`s true. The WWII prison camps and deaths aren`t any worse than the
Crusades or any other catastrophic event in history. It`s because they
were the worst. That`s the end of the line. There isn`t anything
"worst-er." We`ll have to reach that point, I think, for people to
wonder whether or not morality matters or if it`s just a bunch of dumb
words that have little to do with reality.