27th August 2008

“For our values to have universal appeal, they must be rooted in our common humanity, not in the faiths that divide us.”

Minette Marrin

2 Responses to “27th August 2008”

  1. Chris Says:

    A worthy observation. I, for one, believe that the universality of certain core beliefs e.g. “Do not kill” and “Do not steal” is proof not of God but that these restrictions on behavior were socially valuable and necessary for our survival as a species. I think evolution explains how this comes about satisfactorily without having to denigrate our success by saying this was legislated by fiat by a Supreme Fascist. I don’t know, however, if this set of values constitutes a meme or is within our genetic inheritance. Opinions?

  2. Critic Says:

    Of course I agree with the idea that religion does not provide morals to humanity – rather, humanity’s natural morality has been codified, then twisted and cynically manipulated, by the various religions to serve their own purposes.

    As to whether it’s memes or genes: I take the easy way out and suppose that the meme occurs from a genetic predisposition – along with influence from the environment. This idea is not, however, based on any sort of research that I am aware of.