Originally Posted by Mr Muck McFold
What is this morality you guys speak of? Where did it come from, how do I find out what is acceptable and what is not and who decides? how do i find the specifics and details of morality?
First of all, those are all very good questions to ask (and never in a sarcastic rhetorical way). I'm not making any speculation as to what your tone is; I'm just saying those are questions that would make the world a better place if more people asked.
I don't feel comfortable giving a definite answer. In fact the people who seem to have a definitive answer, are often those that give answers farthest from the truth.
Furthermore, in regards to the direction this thread has taken between you and several other posters, I don't think anyone is debating you on morals whatsoever. It really is just your grasp of the Golden Rule.
Let me give my attempt. Please hear it out:
"All cats are mammals. Not all mammals are cats."
You are making an "all mammals are cats" type of mistake. You are assuming that an individual has a belief system because the individual made any action whatsoever. So, assuming that people DON'T
want people to steal from them (because let's not be stupid), it's like this:
"No Golden Rule followers are thiefs. Not all non-thiefs follow the Golden Rule." (e.g., some people don't ever consider stealing because they have no need to, and it actually takes effort)
It's really simple. The fact that you asked a question about morality, means that nothing, including the Golden Rule
, is assumed. So why in the world would you assume a thief is stealing because he's trying to be moral??? How does that make sense?