On Deeds and Deities

When one does “wrong”; does it then follow that “the devil made ‘em do it”?

When one does a good deed for another who is in need does it then follow that “God is good”?

Could it not be that when one does “wrong”, they did so because they just chose to do the deed; whatever the deed may have been?

Could it not be that when one does a good deed for another who is in need that they simply chose to be nice, and thus they did the good deed; whatever the deed may have been?

Are we so dependent upon the concept of deities, that our every action must be assessed by the alleged influence of such?

Is it the case that there is a Devil who is bad; and a God who is good; or is it not rather the case that we simply have the free choice to do as we damn well please (and most oftentimes do) whether such be “wrong” or “right”?

Am I overstating the obvious; or is the obvious merely obscured by preconceptions and indoctrination?

Am I right? Or am I wrong?

Or am I merely under the influence of a deity?

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5 thoughts on “On Deeds and Deities

  1. There is neither right or wrong, nor are there good deeds or bad. Everyone is their enemy’s enemy, therefore every failure brings delight to the enemy and every success infuriates the enemy. By doing good, you cause bad. The devil didn’t make you do it, for there is no devil. There’s no solution, because if all were equally happy, then all would be equally unhappy and freedom would be in ruin.

  2. Huh? How did we get from humanism to amorality? Were the God evangelizers right after all?

    Morality seeks the best good for everyone. Ethics seeks the best set of rules, those which lead to the best moral outcome. The criteria for judging between “right” and “wrong” is how the action, rule, right, or other item weighs in the balance of unnecessary harm versus moral good.

    There are objective standards for deciding moral issues. These include speed limits, gay marriage, and the 20 week abortion rule. Applying the standard is not always simple, and it is certainly possible for two good and honest men, who lack a “God’s eye view” of ultimate outcomes, to disagree on which rule is best. But a process of investigation, discussion of options and their possible outcomes, and a democratic vote can establish a “working” rule. Experience with the rule may lead to repeating the process.

    That is how we evolve our ethics and moral judgment.

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