“… a post-moral society cannot by definition tell the difference between good and evil…”


In one of the most cogent and analytical responses to the Orlando terrorist attack, Stephen Turley provides insights to what, if not corrected, will be the deathknell of western culture:

Why does our society find it so difficult to blame radical jihadists for the murders they commit?

I think the key to understanding this incoherence can be found in what scholars call a “risk society,” which refers to the unique ways in which modern people deal with hazards and insecurities as they relate to the future. There are two reasons for why we moderns are unique in the way we handle potential threats and hazards:

First, we are more reliant on scientific and technological processes in our day-to-day living than any previous society. Science and technology have penetrated into virtually every aspect of our lives, from the moment we wake up to a digital alarm and turn on our lights, to making our cup of coffee and microwaving our breakfasts, to driving to work to sitting at a computer sending out emails and texts on our smart phones.

However, secondly, this technological age comes at a cost: technology-based societies tend to reject traditional moral conceptions of life. This is because technology is organized and governed by modern scientific processes which are considered value neutral and thus devoid of moral frames of reference. So, in many respects, we are living in what we might call a “post-traditional” or “post-moral age.” Indeed, this is why we have LGBT values, which are not found in traditional moral societies, in the first place.

And so, these scientific and technological processes have opened up to us a whole new future of unprecedented possibilities and potentialities, but without the aid of traditional morality to guide us into this brave new world.

So now that we are in this post-moral, post-traditional society, the question is: Whom do we blame when massacres like Orlando occur? Post-moral societies basically have two options: They can blame material and environmental factors or they can blame the previous moral tradition that once dominated society but is now reinterpreted as inherently oppressive.

There’s more… and I think it’s not only on point but prophetic.

A culture dismissive of transcendent mores and values is a culture in steep decay, a culture destined to come to an end.

Think on it.

Carry on.

Originally published at Brutally Honest.

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  • pennywit

    I’m somewhat fond of the Wiccan Rede:

    An it harm none, do what ye will.

    • A variant of the Golden Rule it would seem…

      • pennywit

        It’s possible they cadged it. Although it looks like a more family-friendly version of Crowley to me.

        • Nevertheless… I think traditional Christian virtues and principles have arguably been more influential in shaping society than your referenced religion(s) and clearly society has suffered as those influences are set aside, ignored, ridiculed, etc.

          • pennywit

            *Shrug*. They have been. I am of the opinion that religion has been both a harmful and a helpful force in society — at times, simultaneously. In the 1990s at one point, I saw the truly bizarre spectacle of two Christians each citing religion to justify their respective stances on interracial marriage.

          • Anything involving mankind will be either harmful or helpful… but I believe firmly the argument that asserts that religion (and here I mean the Judeo-Christian belief system) has been much more helpful and much less hurtful than is believed… and two Christians citing their belief systems to justify their respective stances on interracial marriage is the inevitable result of the distinctively Protestant attitude or mindset on self-authority… it highlights a need for a magisterium.

      • pennywit

        Addendum: Modern wicca/neo-paganism is a ridiculously syncretic religion, even more so than early Christianity.

  • Commander_Chico

    Blaming technology for sexual license or “post-moral” conditions ignores history: Greece, Rome were more depraved.