[extropy-chat] Re: (Ethics/Socio) Arrow of Morality
dirk at neopax.com
Thu Apr 14 18:57:04 UTC 2005
Jef Allbright wrote:
> More recently, with expanding awareness, moral rules (principles of
> what works) were codified: The Golden Rule and its many variations;
> The Ten Commandments known to Christianity, Judaism and Islam; The
> Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path of Buddhism; and others.
> Many of these served to temper the rather harsh instinctive morality
> of the past, but were stated in strict absolute terms as suited the
> consciousness of the times.
There is a fundamental difference between the Eightfold Way and the Ten
Commandments that is seldo recognised.
The former is about the path an individual should take in order to
eliminate (primarily) their own suffering. The TC are about social
interaction, cohesion and stability.
Alone on a desert island the TC are pretty worthless, whereas the EW is not.
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