A Natural Morality
C-3PO wrote, "The only way to cure this is to have a fixed view of what is right and wrong - but then how do we do this without an external view to define that right and wrong (AKA religion and God)." I disagree -- not because I think God should be out of the picture, but because of the concept of "natural law" that is applicable to all, regardless of their religion or culture. This concept goes back to the Greek philosophers and, perhaps, before. Reality itself -- the nature of the physical universe -- establishes a framework for human conduct, and enforces this framework by enacting the consequences of disregarding it. You don't have to believe in God, for example, to recognize that it's wrong for someone to steal from you. Basic virtues such as honesty, fidelity and generosity are built into the structure of human life. So the moral infractions mentioned in the article are infractions not because they violate some religious standard, but because they violate the "natural law" inherent in the way people are made.
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