In my Blog Total War and Rules Of Engagement, we defined what total war is, compared to fighting with rules. Now I want to talk about the enemy, just who are we fighting? Why are we fighting? And why we must fight. Many think we are in a battle with Liberals, fighting over interpretations of the Constitution and the Rule of Law. Some believe our Battle is with Moslem Extremists, fighting over the future of Society, and Religion. Some believe it is for the future of Civilization that we fight for against the Barbarians at the gates.
In many ways it is all of these and none of these. We are fighting for Civilization, the future and rule of law against Chaos and Evil.
Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Many times I have asked if you do not follow a moral code outside yourself, how do you know it is right? From inside, everyman is right in his own eyes, but God sees the intent of the heart. If we use a subjective moral code it is entirely dependent on how we feel on any day. Moral Relativism. A humanist view of right and wrong. If it feels good do it! That is an internal moral code, SELF, EGO being the arbiter of right and wrong and nothing else. This is also the rule of the fittest, might makes right and if I can get away with it, then it is ok. If this is the moral code you follow, then Jeffery Dahmer and Hannibal Letcher were the supreme beings, and were absolutely right to do what they did; literally the top of the food chain.
Any true moral guide has to be from outside ourselves to be a guide, a sign we can follow, a path we can teach others, a constant right and wrong, and to be truly moral it must be consistent, not dependent upon changing factors. Society to be good must have set rules for conduct amongst the members of that Society. This is the purpose of laws.
“The majority having, as has been shewed, upon men's first uniting into society, the whole power of the community naturally in them, may employ all that power in making laws for the community from time to time, and executing those laws by officers of their own appointing; and then the form of the government is a perfect democracy...
John Locke. The Second Treatise of Civil Government. 1690.
From the Great Philosophers of the 17th century (The Age of Reason), we have what they called the “pyramid of Truth”
1 – God’s Law/Absolute Truth
2 – Natural Law/Apparent/Objective Truth
3 – Civil Law/Relative/Subjective Truth
From this we see that they understood different types of Truth, one Gods Law is Absolute Truth, you may disagree that there is a God but you have to admit there is “Absolute Truth” one that does not change, is not dependent on conditions or beliefs, one that is true at all times. Oxygen does exist.
The second is Natures Laws or Apparent or Objective Truth. What we see, or observe. If you drop something it will fall down. At one time people believed that the speed of falling was dependent on weight, a feather fell slower than a cannon ball; therefore a Bullet should fall slower than a cannon ball and a one pound weight should fall slower than a 3 pound ball. Science and experimentation changed that view point. Objective truth is dependent on what we know and observe; this type of truth is not absolute.
Then the Third is Civil law, a relative or subjective truth. What is true today may not be true tomorrow; it is a truth dependent on conditions, situations, place or feelings. Killing a man is murder, unless it is in self-defense, or maybe the heat of passion, or even at the order of the state as in a death penalty situation or war. Killing being murder is now a conditional truth.
Morals are the same. They are either absolute or they are not really morals but a set of conditional rules that have no meaning. Something that makes us believe we are good people, that are to be cast off when they become inconvenient. To bee absolute they must be from outside ourselves.
We are like chameleons, we take our hue and the color of our moral character, from those who are around us.
Yes those we associate with will influence our morals, although for the most part we tend to associate with those who have moral codes similar to ours, but this does show a problem with the “Professional Politician” he loses his values after a time in Washington. Situational ethics.
We cannot totally blame the politicians and the Washington establishment though, for in truth our elected officials are just a reflection of the people who vote for them, if we want moral politicians we must be a moral people, if we want to quibble over the meaning of “is” so will our officials.
“We make men without chests and expect from them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man
What is the moral code we are teaching our children? We are in a total war for the future of civilization; we must use every tool at our disposal to fight evil in high places. We are fighting Chaos and Evil in high places, we are fighting for the Souls of our Children.
Just my thoughts for today.