Morality is a Dirty Word

by cielopop

DPchallenge: Morality Play

In a world populated with narcissists and dullards, one cannot confidently rely on “conventional wisdom.” Morality in this scene becomes a dangerous thing, a war bomb conveniently hidden within proclamations of benevolence, born of culture and individual memory, masked as the light, often inciting judgment and gossip, encouraging ostracism, the “us-versus-them” mentality, the root of wars. While one’s conscience might disapprove of subduing and manipulating neighbors, it might actually turn out to be life-saving.

Ah, the drama of the ego. In heaven, everyone gets along, and there is no need to play Machiavelli and Tony Montana. But we are not in heaven, we are in 21st-century Earth, a ghetto planet.

I have not lost faith in humanity, nor do I believe that all notions of moral values are illusions. In a different social setting, I might be more optimistic.

I have heard of the “Law of ONE,” which is, in a nutshell, a logical consequence of PanDeism (God became the universe), meaning – everything in existence is interconnected; and if I decide to thoroughly investigate the  historical development of multi-cultural moral philosophies, I might hypothesize that the Law of One may qualify as an objective measure of morality. The Golden Rule, while consistent with the Law of One concept, fails to address every nuance in social exchanges, such as power balances, projections, expectations. A bulk of our problems lie in our ignorance of these issues.

But, given the distinction between mental acuity and actual behavior, discussions and rationalizations about morality does not bring salvation. It may bring intellectual security, but it does not guarantee that one is immune to hypocrisy.

Integrity is the real deal.

Vicious Circle
(written and performed by Lou Reed)

You’re caught in a vicious circle, surrounded by your so-called friends
You’re caught in a vicious circle, and it looks like it will never end
‘Cause some people think that they like problems
And some people think that they don’t
And for everybody who says ‘yes,’ there’s somebody staring, saying ‘don’t.’ 

You’re caught in a vicious circle, surrounded by your so-called friends
You’re caught in a vicious circle, and it looks like it will just never end
‘Cause some people think that it’s the words
And some people think that it’s not
And some people think that it’s things that you do
And others think that you were cold when you were hot
They think that that was what it was about. 

You’re caught in a vicious circle

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