Today I thought I’d question the very core of morality.
One of the things he said struck me as highly controversial. At one point he said, “There is no right and wrong, there is only your perspective of what is right and wrong” and I thought… I bet he lost a lot of people right there… that’s what many people on the right would call moral relativism… the idea that there isn’t absolute right and wrong – only personal or cultural perspective.
Then I thought… wait a minute… this isn’t some Left/Right, Conservative/Liberal, Republican/Democrat, or Christian/Atheist debate.
For example, ask a Sierra Club member if it is wrong to pour toxic waste into a river. I’d guess they’d say yes. I would too. Ask an anti-war protestor if they think it is wrong to incinerate people with nuclear weapons. I’d guess they’d say yes. I would too.
So what does Bob Proctor mean?
Does he really mean it isn’t inherently wrong to poison our rivers or incinerate people?
Does he mean that it could be the right thing to do from a certain perspective?
I don’t think so… but…
People have done things like this…right? They must have had some justification…right?
Then I rewound the video and listened very closely to what Bob said…
He said there is no right and wrong there is only that which works – that which produces the desired results. Right and wrong is a perspective.
Ahh! Then it hit me. Bob isn’t saying that Hitler’s belief that non-German’s were subhuman and needed to wiped off the face of the Earth was right. He is saying Hitler believed he was absolutely right and so did many of his followers and that is why our point of view of right and wrong is relative.
Believing you are right does not make you right – it is only your perspective.
So how do we know what is right and wrong? We have to ask questions…
What kind of a world do we wish to create? How do we want to live from this day forward? What are we doing right now? What is working? What isn’t? What has worked in the past? What hasn’t?
This isn’t a debate about religion so don’t try to turn it into one.
We’ve seen people do heinous things in the name of God (The Spanish Inquisition and Extreme Islam). We also have seen people do heinous things in the name of Atheism (Joseph Stalin and Pol Pot – actually some say Pol Pot was a Buddhist). But they all had one thing in common… they believed they were absolutely right.
Get it? Consider the possibility that you might be wrong. Think it through.
So I ask a few simple questions…
What is your perspective? Are you getting the results you desire? Be honest with yourself? What are the actual results of your actions?
Are your beliefs… right now… helping you create the world you want your children and grandchildren to inherit?