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Morality A Neccesary Element For Human Cohesion: No God Needed

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Posted by Mario Dovalina on June 9, 2001 02:44:59 UTC

Maybe morality is less a universal principle given to us by a supreme being (if it were, wouldn't you expect morality to be more universal? Maybe God's feeble) than it is a biological need to collect in groups and form societies. Without a certain inborn sense of "right" (contructive to society) and "wrong" (destructive to society,) the cohesion of groups in society would be impossible (no one would trust anyone else) and the human species would be reduced to either tiny roving bands of marauders or the species would die out. Apparantly, those with a greater propensity towards group formation survived, while the competing humans with no such drive died out. One could probably prove the formation of morality and the formation of civilization are essentially parallel. Wandering tribes found cities, cities evolve to city-states, city-states collect to form nations, empires, and so on. And as the scope of civilization developed, so developed morality. Early religions were harsh and cruel. Early Norse fables, I believe held that the battle at the end of the world (the Christian equivilant to Armageddon) all good men would be slain and the evil forces would conquer the universe. Not too shiny, of course, the Norse people lived in not too shiny times. Is the fact that their religion reflected that a coincidence?

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