The Source of Morality
What exactly is morality? Where does it come from? Can you be moral without God? And what does morality have to do with righteousness, values, ethics and principles – and being good? How do all those things fit together? Or do they?
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We’re working on a presentation that is the second in a series on Morality. You’ll remember – if you listened to the first one – that we talked about that humanist group in Halifax, Nova Scotia, that wanted to place an advertisement on the side of city buses that said, “You can be good without God.” So what do you think about that? Is that possible – to be good without God? Where does morality come from? Well, that’s what we’re going to talk about today – the source of morality. And the reason that we’re going to talk about it is so that we can teach our children in a way that makes sense to them.
I was watching, not Oprah, but that show she has with the panel, and they were talking about the program they had where a mother had “the talk” with her ten-year-old daughter. They had the little girl on the program and they were interviewing her in the aftermath. They were all so amazed that she had so many questions and was so interested in the topic. She reported that many of her friends at school really wanted to know all about what happened. Just watching the adult reactions reminded me that adults are so tuned out to what goes on in kids’ minds in our society – even their parents, sometimes.