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The Simple Platform of Morality for Liberty

This webpage, originally published on Morality101.net, should have been the very first, but it was long delayed by secondary considerations which I have allowed to distract me.  Even today, expect that I shall continue to enhance and fine-tune this page.

 

To myself, morality is very simple, but the objective of helping others to grasp, contemplate, accept and adopt as the principles by which one may have and build a life with happiness and prosperity — that requires example and elaboration.

 

The words “Morality” and “Philosophy” seem hugely daunting and intimidating words, but true morality is neither intricate nor complex, despite that the subject has inspired the penning of countless books, billions of words, has consumed the entire lifetimes of some and the never-ending diatribe of many, seeming to demand far more time and effort than most humans care to endure. From our USA Declaration of Independence, which states … “All men [have] certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” These few words contain the essence of true Morality. Your rights to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness are absolutes — they are not negotiable.  For You to compromise even any small part of those rights is immoral unto yourself, and unto your world.

Contrary to common belief, the above words are NOT contained within our Constitution. The Constitutional Amendments serve to partially correct that amazing oversight, but the sum of those Amendments fails to encompass the full meaning, and some contradict the meaning of that original phrase within the Declaration of Independence. Anyway, while the essence of morality is contained within that simple phrase, it seems that far too many do not bother to consider those words and thus cannot relate those to lives of true freedom.

Your RIGHT TO LIFE is an entirely personal and individual right, which cannot exist except that each person OWNS their life and all, which is necessary and thus proper, to sustain and enhance Life.  “Life” necessarily encompasses the entire spectrum of the components of Humanity.

Far beyond the basics of merely continuing to breathe, of having a beating heart, Human Life means not only the instincts necessary for survival, which are merely characteristics of all animals. Only Human life necessarily includes the the Mind and the ability to apply the human capability to Reason based upon all that is observable by one’s Senses, and to use one’s Reason to abstract and conceive of things beyond — innovation, improvement, expansion, and creation.

The only valid Morality is necessarily based upon our knowledge of that which Exists — those things which are known and knowable — which therefore can be perceived by our senses of vision, hearing, touch, taste and smell. Our senses proved our means of perceiving that which exists, and our mind can consider, expand upon and organize those perceptions, and by use of Reason can draw conclusions which necessarily conform to the knowable Existence, and/or provable by logical and scientific process.  Animals cannot Reason.  Reasoning is the unique, special and most precious characteristic of Humanity.

* Your life belongs only to YOU, which means… it does NOT belong to anyone else.
* Who has the right to your life? Only YOU!
* Who has the right to control or manipulate your Life? Only YOU!
* Who determines the level of quality of your Life? Only YOU!
* Who then is Responsible for your Life?  Hmmm, would that be YOU?
* Further, you are also responsible for the family which you have chosen, but no others.
* And in return your family is equally responsible for you.You may Choose to assume responsibility for others whom you value, but…
* The extent and longevity of responsibility for those others is strictly your Personal Choice.

Right to Life: Of course you have the right to life and therefore that life belongs to You.  If anyone else were to take your life, You would not exist, having neither Life nor any need or even desire for Life.  It sounds so elementary, doesn’t it?  Therefore, each of us must have our personal right to life.  To sustain and enhance that life is our primary duty to ourselves, for without life we are nothing.  Did I say something wrong here?  I think not,

which brings us to Your…

Right to Liberty: Most of us seldom think deeply about Liberty or Freedom – it’s just a word, something we’re supposed to have, and if “They” tell us we have Liberty, we tend to take “Them” at their word.  We truly do need to think about Liberty, each and every time we make choices affecting our Lives,  We need th consider whether we are truly Free to make those choices, or whether “They” have already made or limited those choices without your consent.

How is your Life sustained and enhanced?  With Your…

Property: — which is everything you own, hopefully because you earned it!  Property  includes your money, your income, your home, your earned assets, , your investments, even your wristwatch, your food and clothing.  But most importantly, Life includes Your Mind,  all Your Mind creates and does to enable your continuing survival and gain happiness and comfort for yourselves and your personal Circle.  Would you allow others to steal your property?  Of course not, for earning and accumulating and using your property is necessary to sustain and enhance your Life!  If you cannot and do not sustain your life, and if you fail to insist up your Right to do so, you die.  Being dead, you are unable to help your family, your friends, or your freely chosen charitable choices.  Once dead, how do you accumulate property to sustain and enhance the life of yourself and your loved ones?

Might you use your…

Mind? Would you use your mind to weigh the pros and cons of your every move, to make the best decisions toward your better Life?  Or would you cede your Mind for such  decisions over to someone else?  Who knows better than you what will be the best choices for your personal Life?  Would you turn your choices over to your neighbor, or to the criminal on another street, or to your mayor and council, or your governor, or your congressman, or your president?  Who can know better than you what is best for your personal life?  Who knows best of your circumstances, your desires, and your abilities?  Whose mind is really superior to Yours?

Which leads right into the necessity of having…

Personal Choice: Our choices are ours alone to make.  We can make good choices and reap the rewards, or we can make poor choices for which we will pay the price of decreased prosperity and happiness, or even cause loss of  Your Life.  If You turn your personal choices over to someone else, will that someone somehow care less about their own life, or will they be too busy making their own personal choices?  Can you really trust them to somehow make better choices for You than you can make for yourself?  This is not a rhetorical question!  If You will cede your Mind to another, then are you Human, or are you merely an animal, an entity without the unique  human ability to Reason?

Pursuit of Happiness. So long as you are alive and able, your property is yours with which to pursue the happiness you have earned, for yourself, your family and your chosen friends.  One’s sense of happiness is unique to each individual, who must define in accordance with one’s own interest and priorities.  It is to be treasured, and is not to be diminished by being altered or stolen from you by anyone, in particular by governments or other criminals.  Happiness may be enhanced by sharing with those you treasure.  Even your charity via gift or effort may increase your happiness.

In furthering your Morality, realize that You are entirely responsible for your own Life.  You are also equally responsible allowing all others the same equal Right to Life.

Please continue to my articles on Force and Sacrifice, which completes the essence of my philosophy.

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Updated: 03 Apr 2016 — 19:22:29
  • Striker

    okay, another month has passed, and finally today I finished the webpage, at least I think I did. Tassie proofread it and found 3 missing little words which made a big difference, thanks. Now it’s time to write about Force!

  • Striker

    Tassie, you are so right! That’s precisely why I am asking for Member input!
    All this effort is to no avail if we don’t find ways to reach those whose brains are parked in neutral. So what is needed here is the best techniques for causing readers to pause and think.

    Seems to me that posing questions which trigger the reader to pause and consider and even “battle inside” with the concept before them would be viewed as less combative and more like holding the door open.

    I’m still striving to learn and adopt such techniques, and suggestions for doing that better, especially on this Morality page, are so welcome.

    • mary

      I am not convinced that teaching most adults to think/reason is even possible, for most want to remain set in their ways.

      However, we could teach our young. When I was a school teacher, I tried to teach my students reasoning skills and decision making. I was called on the carpet by parents and principal. I cut my teaching career short when it became apparent that a glorified baby sitter was what was wanted.

      But, even I have made decisions for my own life (and I stand behind those) that would necessarily make me closed to some of the statements in your above article. I don’t think that is wrong for me.

      Enjoyed your writing. Fodder for my brain!

  • Tassie

    Only Human life necessarily includes the the Mind and the ability to apply the human capability to Reason based upon all that is observable by one’s Senses, and to use one’s Reason to abstract and conceive of things beyond — innovation, improvement, expansion, and creation.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    It is, in my view, precisely at the center of today’s problems. Too many people have lost, or never had, the capability to reason, hence are unable to think of the consequences of words and actions, unable to consider a different way of doing something, and unable to reach deep down inside themselves to find their center to determine a philosophy on which to hang their lives.

    If you agree, what would be a way to reach these people? I believe they live superficial lives. They may have careers and families and friends, but they seem to have no inner drive to maximize their capabilities. How do we get beneath the superficial layer in order to help them reason?

  • Striker

    Friends, I would really appreciate comments and constructive criticism on this article. To me it is the most important page I’ll ever write. We may add sub-pages to keep this from being drearily long, okay?

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