Morality is Dictated by NatureSubmitted by dwalters on Wed, 01/01/2014 - 21:25
What gives morality a subjective character is the realization that it tends to vary from person to person. From behavioral observation of Man, it is apparent that what one person considers moral can be radically different from that of others. However, an average moral code exists among populations and is naturally shaped by experience.
As a species persists, its development will evolve naturally towards more successful modes of survival. This is the underlying reason for the extreme growth rate of the human population over the last few thousand years.
As with most social animals, human morality - a code of acceptable and unacceptable actions - is built through common teachings and interactions with other individuals and serves as a guide to personal behavior - a tool to maximize the probability of survival. When enough individuals agree on a moral issue, a population will tend to enforce obedience through various measures - such as shunning, physical abuse, banishment, imposition of extra duties, etc.
In order to operate outside of the prevailing moral code, one must hide behind lies and deceit. This is why propaganda is employed by the State and why thieves often put on a facade of honesty. Over time, experience causes a moral code to grow - making it more difficult to work against the grain of popular opinion.
As morality becomes more sophisticated, so do attempted schemes to defeat it. Imagine if the US Central Government had to acquire all of the money it spends through direct taxation rather than through debt and use of the insidious inflation mechanism provided by the Federal Reserve. Do you suppose all Americans between 15-64 could/would dole out over $18,000 per year on average to maintain the behemoth? If that were the case, wouldn't the thievery be much more obvious to the People?
Humanity is evolving and so is Our list of acceptable and unacceptable actions. It is a natural process. We live and We learn. Our moral code will continue to change in ways that will optimize Our ability to survive. Nature ultimately dictates morality.
In the practical limit of long time scales and faithful propagation of knowledge, human experience becomes more complete leading to a moral code that becomes capable of diagnosing an ever expanding array of situations. Very similar to the approximation of an infinite sum by a finite sum, as the number of terms - amount of experience - is increased the approximation will asymptotically approach the true value.
In the most stringent practical sense, the existence of an optimal moral code is an objective reality, and one of its primary properties must be an inherent respect for Human Nature.