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On morality... again
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Author:  Jack3 [ Fri Dec 04, 2020 9:06 pm ]
Post subject:  On morality... again

Can you give me a brief big picture on why some things are good and must be done, while some other things are evil and must be avoided?

I know I've already asked this... but I find myself unable to articulate it now.

Author:  Jack3 [ Fri Dec 04, 2020 9:13 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: On morality... again

Found this:

The Catholic answer is that sin is not an arbitrary list of dos-and-donts. Rather, the things that help a human flourish are good, whereas sin is always, one way or another, destructive of self. In other words, sin is built into what it means to be human.
This is a statement (perhaps overly simplified) of the basic principle underlying natural law.
If I own (and drive) a car, I need to change the oil regularly. That means that the injunction in the owner's manual to change the oil is not an arbitrary imposition--it's simply what's necessary to keep the car running. Likewise, sin in one way or another always leaves us running less efficiently, makes us less human.

What does "destructive" and "flourishing" mean here?

Author:  Mrs. Timmy [ Sat Dec 05, 2020 6:11 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: On morality... again

“Flourish,” in this context, is a synonym to “thrive.” It means growing in a positive and salubrious manner. “Destructive” alludes to the opposite of “flourish” here. Its context paints a picture of the human being, who had thrived in the healthiness of goodness, now finding him/herself falling ill due to the effects of sin.

The thing is that one never knows what kind of destruction will result from a particular sin (or unabated series of sins). It could be a sudden, acute attack; a chronic series of sufferings, or a moral decay so subtle that its effects go unrecognized by the ind, who turns a deaf ear to the warnings of those who do notice.

Author:  Vern Humphrey [ Mon Dec 07, 2020 11:58 am ]
Post subject:  Re: On morality... again

To quote Mammy Yokum, "Good is better than evil because it's nicer."

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