I am wondering if morality could be redefined as cause and effect? It seems to me that when it comes to morality or right and wrong people tend to retreat to their ingrained beliefs, religions, what a particular society deems as norm or what seems right to an individual based on his formative experiences or inherited tendencies. Or put another way, I find nothing but ambiguity and differences of opinion as to what constitutes right or wrong. Of course, religion points to the Ten Commandments or the Golden Rule but take something as basic as “thou shalt not kill”. There is so much grey area as to render is meaningless. On the one hand God commanded such and on the other time and time again commanded the slaughter of entire nations. We interpret it as fine for defense but who decides such. How many innocent women were burned at the stake because some over zealous fundamentalist thought some were “strange”. Or the Crusades which murdered thousands because they did not believe as some thought they should. We had no problem justifying the invasion of Iraq and the killing of thousands of innocent men, women and children. We had no problem dropping atomic bombs and killing thousands of innocent in Japan. And every day we see how people of all religions justify whatever they wish. I am always amazed at how people quote the Bible to confirm the “truth” they wish to promote. You can find scripture to justify most any action one wishes to indulge in.
I propose that there is, indeed, an absolute regarding right and wrong. Every thought or act of an individual upon another carries with it a resultant effect upon the one thinking or acting. It is what I term the Heaven/Hell factor. Kindness begets kindness, evil begets evil. We move from darkness to light or we remain in darkness.
Could this be the realization to overcome religious or cultural intolerance?