There are times when I just can’t connect even with my best pals. I’m trying to burst all those bubbles in this last batch of posts. Not me… trioonity will burst them.
Bubble one: Primates need morality more than bees.
The reason bees are more socially rigid is because their perceptual systems developed in a direction that did not create a divegence into a first and second floor of perspective. There is no Mr. Now and only a very complicated Hippo. Aside from mutation, there is not much opportunity for conflict political or otherwise.
Mr. Now’s perception of Hippo (“I have a body!”) gives him cognition of individuality. That will lead to behavior that is tailored toward the interest of individuals and that means conflicting interests. With time, nature will find a balance of violence, forgiveness and family bonding. Or the colony will die. Why is surprising that all the social primate species that survive to this day have some kind of conflict resolution incorporated in their social behavior? Other creatures found different solutions like head-butt-protecting antlers or infanticide. Some infants mature after birth and are taught many skills including social skills by their parents. Like Mr. Nv says, to the skill level of their perception. But our skill level is different. Elephants teach behavior patterns and not something they cannot perceive like morality. We put it there.
Just like the blue swirls in the EYEBALL FUN picture… our perception put morals there.
The scheme suggests that the line between creatures with a Mr. Now (or not) is stereoscopic sight but it could go back further.
Bubble two: The GR precedes us.
I have admired Dr. Goodall since childhood when she graced the cover National Geo Junior. If her, or any of us, spent twenty years in a miniture golf lot with a colony of air dogs, we would find a morality in their behavior. We have to. We are narrators.
Try this… dash off and get two full glasses of icy cold water and come back to the computer. Then, read these words…
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Now, grab one of the glasses of water and toss its contents into your face. Look at the passage again. Nothing? Try the second glass. Now, as someone once said, JUST LOOK. It does not truly describe animal behavior unless it is presented as a narrow categorization that is projected to be some kind of emergent ambition of animal life. It’s Bambi and Thumper on a journey to see the Baby Jesus. Personal projection, altruism and empathy are what they are. They are not a universal Force for Good. Violence and intimidation are what they are and not the Dark Side.
If all the narrators (us) were gone, where in the universe would Good and Evil or The Golden Rule exist and what difference would it make if they did? Lurking dormant Forces waiting billions of years for us to come along? That’s a lot of rummy.
There is a simpler explanation. It is a message from one optimistic primate encouraging optimism is another primate. Invest in good will. It’s easier to relax when everyone is relaxed. It’s a proposition and not a principle.
Its Golden because it is within the reach of all talking primates. It has universal currency in human communication. It is a cool artifact. One of our best. Ours, as in, us narrators.
Bubble three: If we find an objective morality, we can take it with us.
We seek an objectified morality. We can see one in our objectified narration if we squint. If morality is real, then so is the running narration in our brains that perceives it. Both are farcical post-cinema perceptions. Morality is arbitrary.
Distillations like narrative summations are departures from essence. Essence is the thing itself. You can see it, but you can’t have it. You can shoot it, stuff it and glue it to a branch but it becomes artifact and no longer essence.
The bad news is that morality can be anything we want it to be. The good news is that morality can be anything we want it to be.
That’s the tough Trioon truth. I didn’t like it either. But it makes for real meat and potatoes atheism.