THE NEED FOR A CONSISTENT MORAL SYSTEM
Good morning and welcome back! Within the human sub-cultures across the earth there is a chaotic mixture of personal behavior systems.
All descended from ancient tribal cultures and are based on opinion, conjecture, spirituality, philosophy, imagination, political ideology and other forms of dogma. Since the bases of these behavioral systems are variable, the resulting behaviors are also variable. These differences in behavior can be quite severe. Acceptable behavior in one sub-culture is often viewed with loathing by another.
Individual movement between sub-cultures can be quite difficult, often requiring several generations to make the transition. If an individual moves into one sub-culture from another sub-culture and makes no attempt to change his behavior to match the new, he remains an outcast. Due to variations in language and behavioral systems, worldwide human interaction and communication suffers, often to the point of warfare.
The productivity (intellectual advancement, invention) of the species is thereby diminished by the amount of intellectual assets lost in dealing with these variations, a loss that could be eliminated through a uniform ethical and moral behavior system.
Why is a uniform ethical and moral behavior system needed across the species? The answer is two-fold. One lies in current social problems which are so severe that war and terrorism may well end the species, if large scale deprivation and massive infectious (social) disease epidemics do not perform that function first. The other lies in a current but not yet realized genetic problem which is even now closing in on the extinction of the species.
During the two million years of human development as Homo erectus, tribes were small and isolated, and the entire worldwide population of the species was quite small. Each tribe developed genetic and social differences. These differences were in both outward appearance and inner neural mechanisms.
Each tribe developed unique behaviors, dress, customs and speech. In some cases the difference was so marked as to become racial rather than ethnic differences. Each tribe was economically isolated and self-sufficient. Although some trade between tribes was probable, it was inconsequential to the survival of the tribe. Even then tribal conflict was common and, in fact, may have been a major factor in the intellectual and social development of the human during that period.
These tribes still exist, though now swollen in population and geographically overlapping. Some geographic areas contain many tribes within the same boundaries. Geographic isolation, once so necessary for controlling conflict, has essentially disappeared with huge overlapping populations and modern transportation. Communication has become even more chaotic with the advent of voice, video and digital communication via the internet and satellites. Different languages and customs, as well as other tribal behaviors, become quite troublesome. Cheek to jowl, the human struggles, often violently, to retain its individual tribal identity. As the population expands, tribal conflict can only become worse.
Another major problem is the lack of human goals. Evolution formed us with no plan in mind. As a product of evolution, the human also lives without knowing its use or purpose. It would be helpful in developing a uniform moral and ethical behavioral system based on real knowledge, to first determine, if possible, the proper goals for the human species.
What is the end purpose of life? Of the human? Perhaps the answers to these questions will never be known, but, through a study of life itself, and the development of the human through evolution, a real process may be established. Like an arrow with a shaft that is 4.5 billion years long, it points in the direction that each species must inevitably follow, or it, as a species, will perish.
In the event that the human should become extinct, all life will likely eventually perish, for if the development of intellect by life is not sufficient for its survival, then the extinction of life itself is likely inevitable.
Species other than the human also have their developmental directions. The cheetah and the antelope are good examples. Each has been getting faster over the past millions of years. If, for any reason, that development should slow in either species, the result would be disastrous to that species. If the antelope should gain on the cheetah in its development of speed, the cheetah starves. If the cheetah should gain on the antelope in its development of speed, the antelope may be over-hunted to extinction. Each must continue developing in its own direction, or perish. Eventually one will falter and cease to exist.
The race facing the human is far different from that of the cheetah or antelope. The human is faced with a race in time with the very evolution which developed it. The major essence of the human developmental direction has been the ever-increasing application of the intellect to human behavior.
The intellect has been quite successful in nullifying environmental effects. That feature has made the human the most successful mobile species on earth. However, in doing so, it has damaged its own evolutionary controls, resulting in a steady and rapid degradation of the human intellect. The only way this degradation can be reversed is by human intellectual intervention in and control of its own evolution. This, alone, is a mammoth undertaking for the species.
For the determination of proper human behavior based on real knowledge it is necessary to build a chain of evidence for use as a basis. This evidence must begin with the first life and extend through the dawn of Homo sapiens sapiens.
It must contain the mechanisms of life and the process by which life evolves into its various forms. Having established the formation of life and its development process, there are obvious conclusions that may be drawn concerning proper human behavior. If the conclusions thereby drawn are proper, they carry the authority of the underlying real knowledge and may be disputed only by denying that real knowledge.
Conclusion: In the presence of a known evolutionary direction, even in the absence of known goals, the desired current behavior for a species may be determined.
Kemo D. (a.k.a. no.7)
Kemo D. (a.k.a. no.7)