The Other I

October 17, 2011

It started way before Adam and Eve ate the apple

Filed under: Catholicism and other questions of religion,Uncategorized — theotheri @ 8:12 pm
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Although I have worried about the ambiguities of right and wrong since I was old enough to think about it – which I think was about six – it is only in recent years that I have seriously begun to wonder about the source of our ethical and moral principles, and then the blog  Thinking makes it so turned casual conversation into serious thought.

I am now convinced that human morality cannot be separated from evolution and its driving force toward life.  But if I ever entertained the comfortable illusion that other living creatures were not capable of the same duplicitous behavior in the drive for life as we humans, I am now wholly disabused.

I know that lions hunt deer to kill and consume, I know that cuddly bears eat fish without guilt, I know that eagles swoop on helpless prey and devour them with relish, that the cat sits for patient hours waiting for the mouse, that the squirrel raids the birds’ eggs.

And now I see that even lovely little foot-and-a-half high penguins steal from each other.  It doesn’t look to me as if the innocent and naive are going to flourish.  Just look at this:

‘Criminal’ penguin caught on film

 

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  1. Yes, the whole caboodle is “fallen”.

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    Comment by sanstorm — October 17, 2011 @ 8:18 pm | Reply

    • You will no doubt be as surprised as I was to realize that, looking at the same evidence, we seem to be reaching almost opposite conclusions. Your comment certainly got me thinking mightily. It’s a subject which fascinates me, as you might see from my next post. I take full responsibility for my own thinking, of course, but thank you for getting me going on this once again. It’s been a life time journey, so obviously you didn’t start it!

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      Comment by Terry Sissons — October 18, 2011 @ 1:30 pm | Reply

      • I’ll comment more later, maybe on the other post. But the bit I think I was focusing on was when you spoke about growing up taught that humans were separate from creation, somehow. I think there is a lot of hellishness on earth- caused by humans, nature and a combination of both. And a lot of “heaven” too, likewise.

        More to follow. Hungry. 😉

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        Comment by sanstorm — October 18, 2011 @ 3:57 pm

      • Yes, I agree. Sometimes it almost feels like the hell-fire of eternity would be a relief compared to the hell that some people must go through here on planet earth. But heaven on earth sounds a lot more appealing to me than heaven in the sky too.

        Looking forward to your further thoughts. After all the essentials of life, of course. Like food and sleep and family. Not to mention laundry, ironing and dishes.

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        Comment by Terry Sissons — October 18, 2011 @ 8:33 pm


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