The Moral Compass

It seems so typical of American conservatives as to be almost diagnostic that they believe that the whole of moral philosophy with its questions and dilemmas is unnecessary, and there can never be a situation in which a good man is in doubt as to the right course of action. “Motivations? What are you talking about? Bad guys are motivated by being bad and good guys are motivated by being good!” It is remarkable that this is believed by adherents of a religion whose holy book states that the human heart is “desperately wicked and deceitful above all things”; if they took these words as seriously as they took the wrath and the smiting, they might be obliged to reflect that their inner moral compass might be fallible after all.

In fact such a belief is not possible to anyone except a narcissist. For the narcissist, it really is that simple: good is himself and whatever he wishes to do, bad is whatever does not fill his pockets or feed his conceit. Perhaps the scriptures ought to have said that the self-satisfied are desperately wicked and deceitful above all things. Come to think of it, they did.

Posted on February 6, 2010 at 23:13 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink
In: THE LONGEST CON, Religion As Emotional Tech

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