Shanice Octavia McBean, 19, Philosophy undergraduate.

"I love standing outside, on my own, contemplating the immense beauty of nature. The silent air is amazing to listen to with all its peace and tranquillity. But I don’t mind the occasional tweet of a bird mid-flight, or the wistful rustling of winds through trees. Or even a single car passing by or a mother calling to her child; reminding me of the presence of humanity. It doesn’t make me feel like an external observer of the beauty of nature: it reminds me that I am nature…"

 

Solidarity on the tube strike picket lines

revolutionarysocialism:

imagePhoto: Mirela Mela

Members of North London rs21 report from the picket line at Finsbury Park station:

We’ve talked to the workers and gave them support and solidarity. One worker said she would have to take between a £6000 to £12000 pay cut. She had been working in the ticket office for 15…

spaceballs-the-url:

I love when I understand a political comic.
That’s when you know they got their point across. Loud. And. Clear. =P

spaceballs-the-url:

I love when I understand a political comic.

That’s when you know they got their point across. Loud. And. Clear. =P

(Source: america-wakiewakie)

Women don’t have to:

outofthekitchenandintothearmy:

  • be thin
  • have a vagina
  • give birth
  • cook for you
  • have long hair
  • wear makeup
  • have sex with you
  • be feminine
  • be graceful
  • shave
  • diet
  • be fashionable
  • wear pink
  • love men
  • be the media’s idea of perfection
  • listen to your bullshit

The moment we admit that consciousness is the conext in which any discussion of values makes sense, we must admit that there are facts to be known about how the experience of conscious creatures can change. Human and animal well-being are natural phenomena.

Sam Harris

Anonymous asked
Are you writing that paper for a class or are you going to get it published. I've very interested in reading it. --philosophersdog

It’s something I’m writing personally, indepdent of class and will hopefully get in published in a undergraduate magazine/journal. :)
My motivation for this being it is a widespread view within secularism that morality is based on individualistic sentiments and that without divine authority objective morality is impossible and morality as a whole lacks meaning.

It’s clear this is dangerous: it validates the actions of the terrorist, the homophobe, the serial killer and completely invalidates all the efforts of people trying to move equality and freedom forward in our society. I am certainly uncomfortable with this and have realised that subjective morality is one theory: it’s not the be all and end all. Woop! :D

ruairiloves asked
do you think whats good and bad is something that is subjective or objective and why?:D!

I used to think subjective. I used to accept that without God, there was no way to tell other societies and peoples that their behaviour was either right or wrong.

I have since discarded this view. For two reasons: it’s wrong and it’s dangerous.

It’s wrong because we need to distinguish between absolute morality and objective morality. Nobody can ever have absolute morality. Not even the religious. They can claim they can, but given the relativity of religious morality world-wide and over the centuries they have no claim to absolute morality.

Objective morality, on the other hand, is a different story. For me, having objective morality this means in any given situation one can say, with conviction and aiming at truth, what is right or wrong. Objective means representing facts and I think there are some facts about morality.

Now why do I think there are facts about morality? :) Well, I’m currently writing a paper about this very issue and I’m so far on 2000 words and nowhere near finished, so I won’t be able to explain fully here why I think there are facts about morality. Although I can point to my inspiration of this view: Sam Harris (The Moral Landscape) - my system is not his, they differ in many many respects. But my system was inspired by his.

Given how we have constructed the concept of morality and its general defintion we can derive facts about morality. Of course this is contingent on the definition of morality we provide, but this type of criticism is inept as it holds for everything. Maths is contingent on the axioms we have arbitrarily created, but few would say maths was, resultingly, subjective.

This all probably makes little sense but in summary: given the concept of morality what it means to be moral - this concept being universal - we can say a lot, objectively, about morality i.e. the definition of behaving morally is to behave correctly, ‘goodly’, increase well being, survival etc. it seems to me a logical contradiction to say behaving morally can decrease well being. the purpose of behaving morally seems to me - intuitively and necessarily - to involve the concept of well being. if, then, there are facts to say about well being, there are facts to say about behaving morally and thus by negation, immorally.

This is all very vague, I’m sorry. I’m writing on this topic at the moment and it’s hard for me to try and account for all the objections people throw at me for this view in one tumblr post. But when I finish the paper and send it out, I will also publish it on tumblr. That way I can clearly answer this. But in short, yes, I think morality can be objective. Not absolute, but objective :) x

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