The Post Modern Crisis Of Morality And Ethics

It used to be that morality and ethics could be defended by god or religion but then the scientific revolution came in destroying all conveniences of that.

Infact tracing morality or ethics historically god and religion is where it all originated as concepts.

Without either morality and ethics as systematic beliefs or ideals would of never been able to socially evolve like they have within time.

Next it was thought that morality and ethics could be defended by concepts like society, government, or social order but various contradictions now are eroding the entire fabric of those premises leaving them completely bared naked.

Contradiction shows a level of imperfection inherited and with imperfections there begs the question of why a continuance of obedience to such flawed values need to go on any further.

What then does the post modern state have in store for morality or ethics?

The modern state of philosophical morality or ethics is in a state of crisis for moral philosophers everywhere are coming to know that no matter how hard they try to idealize either relativism, emotivism, skepticism, and nihilism is hindering their ability to construct a objectifiable directed centralized value on the issue.

The various contradictions of government, society, and social order are becoming numerous where even that as the last safe bastion of morality or ethics is becoming completely destroyed by it’s own weight.

So, what does post modern morality and ethics look like within it’s current crisis? It is one where moral philosophers and those within control or authority of society don’t even bother trying to defend their assumed principles anymore as the central theme of maintaining authority becomes the only thing matters. Maintaining control is the only thing that matters in the post modern theme of morality and ethics where explanations of either don’t really matter at all.

It is one where beliefs or ideology is not explained but rather simply enforced at gun point through using fear of pain and punishment.

It is one where moral beliefs and ideologies are enforced by violent coercive methods alone not by reason.

Physical pain and punishment then becomes the only instrumental basis that is left to a post modern crisis of morality or ethics as both are the only foundations left to it still standing.

The only foundation left of post modern ethics and morality is the tyranny of control.

The tyranny to inflict pain and punishment.

Once you dissect the assumed truths out of morality and ethics violence becomes the only means both have left in order to enact their means of influence on other people or the world in general.

This becomes the error and failure of the post modern paradigm of morality or ethics. This becomes it’s crisis.

I don’t think this distinguishes post-modern society where I believe there is less inflicted pain and punishment. If we go back to periods where there was a single dominant religion in most of the West, punishment, torture and killing were regularly used to keep people in line.

The genius of postmodern power is 1) the use of created and manipulated desires and 2) vastly better mind control and BS to shape people’s ideas of what the world is and isn’t. And they get kids hooked young.

Of course Christianity, say, worked on young kids also, but the tools and skillset of their users were primitive by comparison.

How i look at morals is that it isn’t about Truth, but more about how it will influence behaviour. It is not about what is the case, but about what should be the case. It will be sold as Truth, sure, cause that will increase the influence it can generate. That’s why - relating back to the other thread - a wide scientific understanding of human behaviour, and the actual truth about morals will likely be met with resistance. It undermines the influence of the morals can have. In eating the forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, Adam is said to be committing the first sin. It’s thé gateway drug to all other vices, as knowledge about morals will open the flood doors to all sorts of extra-moral experimentation.

Now science, being chiefly concerned with what is, has eroded the ability to believe in absolute moral truth. The problem with morals in postmodern times then is, i think, not so much that they are using violence and the fear for it now - that has allways been the case -, but that the underlying human power relations become painfully clear. It’s one thing to serve God… but a whole other thing to serve your greedy, all to human boss.

As a result the individual probably never had more freedoms and rights then now in the western world. So much so that you often will see these knee jerk swings to the right now (in europe), especially when failure of the order is hinted at. If there’s one thing people want more then freedom, it’s security. People are generally risk-averse, and want to secure their place in the picking order at all cost. They have a decent paying job, health insurance, a pension… they all have a stake in it. Only a big crisis, and a big structural drop in wealth for a large number of people, would manage to open eyes and give the masses the right incentive to rebel… to temporarilly pick the antiorder-side.

Whether or not history will repeat itself, the future will tell. But chances are it will sooner than later, cause sustaining individual liberties generally comes at a structural cost for society. The moral disharmony these liberities inspire, increase the transaction costs between groupmembers, and impede the ability of the group to move in one direction to fent off outside threads.