“So far, about morals, I know only that what is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.”
― Ernest Hemingway,
The concept of morality and the idea of what is “right” and what is “wrong” have been the subject of hours of rigorous debate and volumes of religious, philosophical and legal text. Generally, these ideas of morality tend to vary from culture to culture, and oftentimes the variance is quite pronounced.
From The Code of Hammurabi, to The Ten Commandments, to The Nine Noble Virtues, to the Koran, to the writings of Confucius, to the writings of Plato, to the Magna Carta, to the U.S. Constitution, this notion of the “law” of right and wrong has been a part of human society for millennia.
For a long time here in the West, there were generally codes of morality that were culturally ingrained in those of European descent over many generations. Even in the “colonies”, while some variance existed, particularly here in the United States with our unique culture of freedom that made us somewhat different from the “Old World”, we still shared much of the same basic values that were inherent to the rest of Europe. These were values that were not just the product of European Christendom, but were rooted in Europe’s ancient pagan past as well.
The spread of Western culture (or at least a shadow version of it) across the world through colonialism, imperialism, global corporate consumerism, Hollywood, and the spread of “democracy” led to a misleading feedback loop. Over time and generations, this feedback loop caused the inhabitants of the West, particularly those of European descent, to believe that most people, regardless of culture or ethnicity, held the same basic fundamental values of “right” and “wrong” that they did.
However, as mass migration begins to change the demographics of the West, people of European descent are quickly beginning to realize that this is definitely NOT the case. The peoples of the non-Western nations in many cases have radically codes of morality than those subscribed to by men and women of European descent. This has in many cases created a power-struggle between competing and by a large degree of measure, incompatible cultural ideologies.
Meanwhile, the traditional values and morals of the West have slowly begun to shift and break down with the rise of Modernist and Postmodernist philosophy and Cultural Marxism. This has led to an internal struggle, as solipsism and moral relativism along with an air of resentful hostility towards what had been the traditional values until the various “cultural revolutions” slowly gained steam through academia and the media.
These revolutions were/are concerned with creating a sort of utopia of equality for the disenfranchised, while at the same time demoting the “oppressor class” (middle-to-upper income white males) by taking over and tearing down “his” institutions. In summation, the political Left has sought to tear down “racist and intolerant” traditionalism, and completely invert the old social norms, with the hopes of creating a sort of politically correct hedonist commune.
On the opposite side of all of this, there is a hardline movement on what would be considered the political Right that is arguably just as morally relativistic. Following the writings and philosophies of men like Frederich Nietzsche, Ragnar Redbeard, and Adolf Hitler, there is what could be described as the “Might is Right” movement taking place on the Right in reaction to what is seen as a culture of weakness and victimhood being promoted by the Left. This movement promotes a sort of “hyper-masculinity” and applies a “survival of the fittest” philosophy to human affairs, stating that attempts to artificially create across-the-board “equality” in human (specifically Western) society is an aberration of nature and fundamentally impossible.
The Might is Right movement scowls at Cultural Marxism’s attempt to create a rule of the disenfranchised. They see the disenfranchised as life’s losers, who “lost” because they are weak- mentally, physically and/or emotionally. They do not believe that the weak “shall inherit the Earth”, but rather that the weak should either serve the strong or get out of their way- lest they be crushed.
So all that being said, is there any sort of “universal” code of morality that supersedes the inconsistencies and incongruities between the philosophies and ideologies of different races, ethnicities and cultures?
Many might point to the law of government as being that universal code. After all, we are taught from the time we are very young that the “law-abiding citizen” is the paragon of moral virtue. However, the problem with government law is that it is not universal or consistent, and oftentimes will even contradict itself. A terrorist in one nation is a hero in another. Similarly, many of those seen as “patriots” and “revolutionaries” were at one time seen as criminals.
Law is not a constant standard either. What was once illegal and therefore “wrong”, can be made legal and thereby “morally acceptable” with a few strokes of a pen, as was the case with alcohol prohibition in the U.S. Even the legal documents that are meant to provide the rule of law for a nation (i.e. the U.S. Constitution) will have loopholes and inconsistencies that allow the laws contained within to be interpreted so broadly and loosely that the become essentially meaningless.
So if the “law of the land” is completely subjective and the cultural definitions of morality vary from people to people to such an order of magnitude, can we thereby assume that there is no such thing as a universal definition of right and wrong? Absolutely not.
A while back I said that spiritual growth and development is THE point of human existence here on Earth. Period. Now the specifics of what that looks like or what that entails will inevitably vary, but that simple fact remains- we are here to evolve as spiritual beings while in a physical form.
This brings us to our question of what is right and wrong, and the answer is really simple:
What is right is whatever accelerates spiritual growth and development. What is wrong is whatever retards spiritual growth and development.
Now that may seem pretty vague and nebulous to some folks, so let me explain.
Spiritual growth and development is achieved by strengthening and expanding the capacity of the Mind, Heart and Will (action) centers of our being while developing a relationship with the God-Self within- our internal Sun; with the goal of eventually transcending the limitations of physical matter. This can be done in a variety of ways and the paths to spiritual attainment are as numerous as there are people on this Earth.
On this Earth there are certain Laws that exist and function on all levels of existence. These are things like the Law of Manifestation and the Law of Cause and Effect, i.e. “Karma”. They are also the various Principles of the Natural World that govern how our bodies (physical body, mental body, emotional body, psychic body, spiritual body, etc.) function. It is through properly understanding and properly utilizing these Laws and Principles that allows us to function optimally, enabling us to grow and evolve as beings.
And just as there are numerous methods for achieving and accelerating spiritual growth and development, there are even more ways to slow it down. This is where moral relativism and cultural differences on morality become neutralized.
It does not matter if you live in a culture where rape and torture is seen as acceptable in some capacity or another. When you violate the free will of another being, negative Karmic ramifications will come back on you individually and the tribe collectively. These consequences will serve to ultimately slow down spiritual growth and development. It doesn’t matter if you believe you were right or not. It does not matter if it was in some “holy book” or whether you were ordered to do it by whatever authority you serve. You will reap what you sow.
Now are there ways around feeling the direct effects of Karma? Sure. One of the most tried-and-true ways has always been getting others to do your dirty work for you. The unquestioning soldier (soul-die-r) who perpetrates atrocities for the aims of a greedy politician or oil baron will bear the brunt of the Karmic repercussions for his deeds, allowing his “owners” to remain somewhat (although never completely) unscathed by the Law. Ignorance and erroneous beliefs of “righteousness” are not excuses for grown men and women to violate the free will of others and impede on their spiritual growth and development.
Likewise, when we do not take proper care of ourselves physically, mentally, emotionally, psychically and spiritually, we will inevitably experience setbacks in spiritual growth and development. In order for full attainment to be achieved, all systems need to be running at 100%. This cannot happen if we are doing damage to ourselves on some level or other. Again, ignorance and erroneous beliefs do not pardon us from the consequences of our actions. Neither do fear, laziness, or any other number of excuses our mind can orchestrate.
But the good news is that Karma and the Law are so just that we cannot do anything that truly aids in our spiritual growth and development while impeding on the spiritual growth and development of another. So if we are truly doing what we know in our heart and our gut (as opposed to believe with our mind) to be what is necessary for this process within ourselves, we do not need to worry about harming another and reaping the repercussions of Karma. And if we are truly doing what we know in our heart to be necessary for spiritual growth and development, we will most certainly not harm ourselves.
Another thing to take into account is the fact that the arena where the opportunity spiritual growth and development takes place is primarily in the physical world. This being the case, the physical body typically needs to be alive in order for this to happen. Thus, it is necessary we defend ourselves as well as whatever sort of spiritual lineage we may have in the form of family and tribe whom we have passed a bit of our-Self onto, or whom may have passed a bit of them-Self to us. That being said, we need to have the discipline and control to defend without letting the impulse for sadism take over.
And while we typically want to defend our lives, sacrificing ourselves to save the lives of family and tribe can certainly reap rewards of further attainment if done for the right reasons. The heroic honor of laying down one’s life for one’s brother in a noble fashion will be rewarded in the Halls of Valhalla.
We can also begin the practice of making “little sacrifices” in one form or another, to help ease someone’s suffering and lessen their burden. Likewise we can make sacrifices of things in our lives that do not serve us. Sacrifice “frees up space” and allows room for greater spiritual growth and development.
What it all comes down to is connection. What is it that makes us feel more connected to Spirit and what makes us feel disconnected? What makes us feel alive and full of Light and Love, and what makes us feel hollow and dead inside? What makes us feel free and open, and what makes us feel constricted and closed off? Hint: fear and resentment will create a sensation of being constricted.
At the end of the day, your heart and your gut know what it is you need to do, what is a waste of your time, and what is doing damage to yourself. On the deepest level, you know what is causing you harm and what is just distracting you from where you need to focus your attention in order to strengthen your multiple bodies and accelerate your spiritual growth and development.
Doing what needs to be done to aid and accelerate our spiritual growth and development is a choice; and it is a choice we make moment by moment. There is not a decision you make that is inconsequential, although it may seem like it at the time. The price of true freedom is eternal vigilance.
But if you don’t want to do what you need to do to align yourself and would rather watch TV; or if you want to believe that you don’t have the time or the energy; or that the odds are just too stacked against you; or if you just don’t care, that’s fine too.
But if you do strive for the highest form of strength and excellence, and want to bring others up with you, I wish you well on the path of the true Übermensch; the new god-man; the man “who has organized the chaos of his passions, given style to his character, and become creative. Aware of life’s terrors, he affirms life without resentment”
Those who have ears to hear should hear. Namaste and God Bless.