Moral Progress?

Michael Shermer of The Skeptic’s Society has taught me a lot about critical thinking, and sometimes about how smart people miss the point.


While he might figure that this is moral progress, the issue has never been about bakeries voluntarily becoming inclusive.  The debate in the U.S. has always been about artist (such as cake bakers and photographers) being able to reject contracts because of  a religious or moral objection.

Now, Michael.  Here’s a check for your standard rate to produce a 1,000 words.  Write me an essay about how heterosexual Christians are just great people.  Reject my offer, and you too can be a bigot.

By saying all this, I’m sure I’d get kicked off Twitter except I’m not on it.  Never cared for it.  But Twitter can decide to stop doing business with folks.  Bakeries don’t have that right.  It’s a complex world, but it’s easier if you’re prepared to think, then Tweet.

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2 Responses to Moral Progress?

  1. onwyrdsdream says:

    expanding the moral sphere is not actually harmless. It can be helpful or harmful, depending on the overall costs and benefits. In any case, the moral sphere expresses the boundaries of a culture. If it is too rigid, that is harmful, if it is too loose, that is also harmful. Rather like the filters in your radio. They’ve been selected so that the majority of what your radio turns into sound is the information signal you want. If the filter is too tight, at the extreme end, there would be no signal left, as the only thing that would pass is the carrier. No noise, but no information either. Might as well have nothing at all. In the other extreme, with the filter too loose, everything passes though and all you get is noise. Again, might as well have nothing.

    The boundaries of culture define civilization. At a certain point, if you get them wrong, you no longer have a civilization. That is one of the reasons being conservative with a working civilizations is generally a good idea. Be too progressive and you’ve replaced a part you need with something that actually hurts you. Or at least, you no longer have the part you need. Like if you replace someone’s heart ice sculpture swan. At that point you don’t have to wait for civilization to fall, it’s already fallen. You can still go for a bit after your heart stops. But only for a bit. What happens after is generally referred to as bad luck.

    Though luck is not at all involved. Just bad choices.

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  2. omegapaladin says:

    Skeptic sadly is often a code for trashing religion, particularly Christianity.


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