We live in a risky world where few things seem to matter. A handshake is no longer enough of a guarantee of friendship or a promise for a business deal. A country’s reputation in the world doesn’t matter if individual selfish interests are more important than a right example and proper behavior.
Where once we wanted to live the American Dream and to own the best and to be the brightest — we have now been beaten down by the ridicule of those elected to serve us, and by punishing economic times that sap our passions — we are now fine with just getting by, living paycheck to paycheck, and buying things are just “good enough” to get us by into the next reckoning moment of despair.
This steep decline in expectation and excellence is never grand or proper when it becomes the defining mantra of a country and its people. A return to excellence and moral leadership takes money, empathy, dedication, and education.
We need to begin the erasure of a frightened mediocrity by returning to the important, guiding, notion that there are non-negotiable bits of our lives that those before us already won and that we must refuse to surrender under any circumstance. This is not philosophical absolutism or mathematical modulus or even the transverse of a decaying social psychosis. This is the only right thing to do.
The fight of our lives is to preserve and protect the controlling core of the human condition: A return to the moral absolute and a complete rejection of abject relativism.
We can no longer abide the middle road and the middling minds who go along just to get along; they help make up a madding morass that passes as a passive majority. “So what?” and “Who cares?” and “Let me think about that and get back to you” — have become the crumbling staves of a dying democracy.
The time for thinking and contemplation is over. We need to choose sides. We need to stand and take action against those who actively want to prosecute our inaction with their treachery against the weaker of us. They argue for a return to the divine when they are really selling off the conversion of our humanism to the highest bidder for burning back to the bone.
What happens when it appears we have a roomful of opposing moral absolutes? The first step is to realize a moral absolute has no oppositional thought. A moral absolute is grounded in truth and is un-wrenchable from the human condition. The opposing side of a moral absolute is, in its most basic trenchant, an immoral argument that cannot ever be a proper absolute.
How do we know if we are living a morally absolute life or one in opposition to the benefit of the people — of ourselves? The test is a simple one and the process can be broken down into three, major, core systems of absolute morality:
1. Nobody goes hungry or stays hurt.
2. The children, the elderly, and the disabled come first.
3. Everyone is actually equal.
If any purported belief or argued opposition fails any of those tests for a moral absolute — then we immediately know the argument is immoral and damaged and untenable. There is no negotiation when a moral absolute is at stake.
When we discover those who try to pass off immorality as a moral absolute, we need to act quickly and without emotion to remove them forever — because if we allow them to return for a second bite at the core of us, they might just be successful enough to beg questions and to plant colloquial relativism into a moral absolute, and our decline will begin anew.
I would add to number 2 the disabled
Tony! Absolutely right, and I fully agree. I edited the article to add your excellent, moral, expectation.
we need to start getting our governments to adopt those three principles – I am pretty sure most would fail them.
Concur on all accounts! How the rich became the middle class standard bearers is beyond me.