web analytics
July 7, 2015 / 20 Tammuz, 5775
At a Glance
Blogs
Sponsored Post


Home » Blogs » DovBear »

Objective Morality

Human beings are not objective. We're highly subjective creatures.
By:

R. Shmuel Goldin sharing "Unlocking the Torah Text" with a friend.

R. Shmuel Goldin sharing "Unlocking the Torah Text" with a friend.

There was something else in HRHG* Goldin’s book (R. Shmuel Goldin’s “Unlocking the Torah Text”), I wanted to complain about.

As part of the Beraishis discussion he went on for a page or two about subjective morality, and how the people who use it are horrible lowlifes who need to understand the objective morality is the best thing ever. He concluded with a few phrases about how any attempt to employ subjective morality destroys the world or something.

Of course my eyes nearly rolled out of my head.

Look, let’s not argue about whether or not Objective Morality exists. In fact, here, I’ll make this easy: I stipulate that Objective Morality exists.

OK?

But, that doesn’t make HRHG Goldin’s claim any less absurd.

Human beings are not objective. We’re highly subjective creatures who see everything through our own unique set of experiences.
So even if Objective Morality exists, any human attempt to understand and apply it is going to be subjective. That’s unavoidable. So Nazi Morality and Dali Lama Morality and Orthodox Jewish Morality are all equally subjective as they are all perceived, understood, and applied by subjective people.

But – and this is important – the fact that all moralities are equally subjective does not mean they are all equally good. Western morality or Jewish morality are just as subjective as Nazi Morality, but at the same time Western Morality is far superior to Nazi Morality, and this fact can be demonstrated.

* I was yelled at for being disrespectful earlier, so I am erroring on the side of caution

Visit DovBear.

About the Author: DovBear blogs at: DovBear. For lack of a better metaphor, please consider this blog a very large shabbos table, where we sit together and discuss the parsha, the news, and other events of the day. Sometimes we yell, often we gossip, and, once in a while, the talk turns salacious. Our arguments are lively, but at the end of the day, its all just talk. The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not represent the views of The Jewish Press

The author's opinion does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Jewish Press.

If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

3 Responses to “Objective Morality”

  1. Menachem Rephun says:

    If all morality is subjective than how can you objectively demonstrate that one is wrong and the other is right. If a Nazi feels he is doing something noble by shoving Jews into crematoria and gas chambers, does that mean he is right? I would say that that behavior is objectively evil

  2. Menachem Rephun says:

    If all morality is subjective than how can you objectively demonstrate that one is wrong and the other is right. If a Nazi feels he is doing something noble by shoving Jews into crematoria and gas chambers, does that mean he is right? I would say that that behavior is objectively evil

  3. Menachem Rephun says:

    When good and evil become mere abstractions, the foundation of society begins to collapse. Human morality has to be derived from Hashem, because if human society is the only arbiter of right and wrong, then people will revert to being animals when those rules are no longer in place

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
George Soros: No friend of Israel
Hillary: George Soros is NO Friend of Israel
Latest Blogs Stories
U.S. President Barack Obama

Obama is not anti Israel. He’s just misguided, perhaps blinded by his desire to force a peace treaty

Theodor Herzl, founder of modern Zionism, and his famous quote

Herzl told the Zionist delegates,”If you will it, it is no dream.”

Doug Goldstein

Breakthrough adapts insulin to be taken as a pill instead of shot. Can it be applied to other meds?

Arabs turn their back on the Dome of the Rock to pray towards Mecca, Ramadan 2009

Ramadan is SUPPOSEDLY a month of introspection & repentance; yet attacks on “Infidels” skyrocket

Israel wins the wars but LOSES the battles!

Moving to Israel seems crazy but this week’s my first “aliyaversary,” my Aliyah anniversary! WOW!

Israel & world Jewry are under attack and in grave danger but UN’s focus is denouncing Israel

What is human chess? How easy is it to predict the actions of others?

It’s time to stand up against the bias & no longer accept the constant UN prejudice against Israel.

Malachi Moshe Rosenfeld, injured in a terror attack in Samaria, has died (HYD)

Allah is NOT merciful: Stabbing, beheading, shooting innocents is barbaric & cowardly acts of terror

How could the Jerusalem Post think the attack could have been other than a terrorist act?

Going to Mt of Olives cemetery was like visiting Jurassic Park in a jeep with dinosaurs rampaging

Hanan Porat z”l, teary-eyed said ” We returned to the Gush(Etzion)we shall return to the Gush(Katif)

“Mispachology”: Theory you share a common link with someone you’ve never met or been in contact with

It seems that Pres. Rivlin has joined all other so-called Right politicians and now is trending Left

More Articles from DovBear

All groups have a mix of both good and bad people; it’s the ratio that differentiates us.

haredi protest with hat

Those who live lives of no sports, entertainment, or outdoor activities take what they can get.

Here is why opponents of R Shteinman think you should oppose him too.

Bring the professor and tell him off in a way the students can respect and understand.

This reduces the halachic process to an entirely ad hoc system.

Saul is neither the first nor the last of the wolf pack to unite the tribes.

Hundreds of thousands of Jews participate in Daf Yomi at some point.

Sinai is not history, Sinai is a happening.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/blogs/dovbear/objective-morality/2013/10/04/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: