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Is Morality a Product of Evolution?

Article: Is Human Morality a Product of Evolution?

The video is separate from the article. But they are related in their topic.

It seems like Morality is based on a few evolutionary traits, which are the pillars for ethics: Reciprocity yoked with Justice and Empathy yoked with Compassion.

Two Wolves – A Cherokee Legend

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. A fight is going on inside me, he said to the boy. It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.

One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

He continued, The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, Which wolf will win?

The old Cherokee simply replied, The one you feed.

Ignorant Knowing, Intellectual Knowing & Internalized Knowing

I have been catching up on other people that have come to the realization;

And one thing I think we all have in common is the understanding of what it means to know, intellectually, and knowing things after you have realized. Or the “ignorant” knowing, what I would class “opinion”.

Alan Watts said it best:

Genuine love comes from knowledge, not from a sense of duty or guilt.

Watts, Alan W. (2011-09-28). The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are (p. 21). Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

Telling someone why they should not eat horrible food, or be bigoted toward gay, black, asian people, etc is not enough.  In effect you force a person to accept a point of view without explaining “why” they should not be a bigot.

There are different reasons, understanding of DNA, our ancestors, how sexuality works and the inane dislike of anything not “straight”, regardless of why it occurs.

People need to be educated on the facts, and as they meet people, those facts will, over time, be internalized.  Otherwise, ignorance will take root, and create a wrong understanding of what is.

Turn On, Tune In, Dig In; Be Mindful, Be Compassionate, Be Patient.

Listened to an interesting record:

Timothy Leary: Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out

I agree with what he is saying, except the last point. The “drop out” part. I was thinking about this and came to the following realization:

It really should be, from our point of view, as people who support Humanity+ and the Overview Effect:

Turn On, Tune In, Dig In;

His secondary additional maxims were “Be Cool, Be Compassionate”.

Which I changed to “Be Mindful, Be Compassionate, Be Patient”

Why “Dig in”? Because as the Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas book teaches us:

“We” had all the momentum, riding the crest… and then it subsided and left its mark on society… It subsided for various reasons, but I think we gave up hope because the change did not come fast enough.

But change comes from within, you cannot force change on someone, they have to change themselves. Drop out, then is the wrong action. You do not want to drop out, you do not want to be forced out by society, you want to dig your heels in, and “Turn On” as many of the “others” as you can. By turning on, I mean not changing them or trying to convert them, but, like us, educate them, show them how to see. They can take it or leave it.  But while doing this, we must Be Mindful, Be Compassionate, Be Patient.

There is a Houseboat meeting with the “Hippie Elders” that talks about this a bit:

Alan Watts, Timothy Leary, Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, and Allen Cohen.
Psychedelic Salon Podcast 193 — Alan Watts & friends “The Houseboat Summit — 1967

It is actually the continuation of and discussion of Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out. Which they specifically talk about the Drop Out part, is exactly not the right thing to do. And bring up social anarchism.

Faith, Fiction & Ideas: What explains the rise of humans?

Saw a very interesting Ted Talks which in a way echoed what I have been thinking, but crystallized the thoughts into a coherent overarching idea.

The main premise is that humans live in a dual reality. The objective physical world, and the subjective world of ideas.

Religion, Government, Money, Nationalism, Race, Science. All of those exist in our minds.

The objective physical world being what we see, the rivers, mountains (though even those have been constructed from ideas: rivers (water that runs on land in a certain direction) mountains (a large rocky outcropping))

The world of Ideas is a mental layer that has been overlaid on top of objective physical reality.

This concept is backed up by science. When we see/feel/experience, we actually reconstruct the world instead of seeing it like a camera would. Our ideas of places, people, objects, etc, create the world for us. For instance, when I say “home” what do you see in your mind’s eye? Your childhood home? Your current house? Do we all share the same definition?

Is the emotion behind the word positive, or negative?

The differences between the ideas, is that some “fiction” (what we hold only in our mental world) can affect reality by being realized. For instance science and technology. We can dream up a computer, the internet or going to the moon, and then using those ideas, combined with others, such as math(spotting patterns), etc, bring them into objective reality.

Religion, on the other hand, only exists in the mind. So do all of our laws, morality and “human rights”. We can realize them through action, but they do not “build” anything. You cannot build heaven, but you can bring the ideas you see as heavenly into reality.

Another example are Corporations which are defined as legal fictions. In reality it is a group of people that bought into the same idea behind the corporation, who then work together to make it a reality. (Usually to make money(another fiction) so that we can survive.)

Why is this important? Because we create one reality on top of another. The more people that buy into a certain idea, say science, the more that idea grows and becomes “reality”. Because we build it, and nourish it with our actions in the real world.

Further what we call “society” is really a story that we have all bought into. Usually by creating an internal interpretation of the world that shares a lot in common with other people (by growing up together and sharing the same ideas), like seeing, we construct our own version, but that version is usually similar enough with others to be compatible. When it is not, we call those people insane, or maladjusted. (Barring physiological disorders)

So to function “correctly” in society, means accepting this story. A story we all tell and share with each other. Parent to child, friend to friend.

A memetic cultural information transfer.

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