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Theosophical Doctrines (HPB)

May 21, 1998 01:05 AM
by Thoa Thi-Kim Tran

>In a message dated 98-05-20 08:54:50 EDT, you write:
><< Have our moral perceptions become so blunted ? >>
>"We approach a condition in which we shall be amoral without the capacity to
>perceive it and degraded without the means to measure our descent."
>(Richard Weaver - 1948)
>Apparently this forecast, made a half a century ago, has come to pass.
>Subjectivism, by which almost anything can be justified, has replaced moral
>absolutes and eternal verities.

What is the moral absolute?  Every groups have had their moral absolutes
and have caused harm through their judgment.  An example would be the moral
absolutes of the Roman Catholic church.  There is a book out about a Jewish
child being kidnapped (in 1858) by the church to raise as a good Catholic
because a servant girl had claimed she baptized him.  This was not an
uncommon practice.  Other issues involve homosexuality, medical procedures,
women's duties, and marital obligations.  The only moral absolute I could
see is to not do harm to others.  Unfortunately, history has shown that
humans used "moral absolutes" as an excuse to harm and control others.

Thoa :o)

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