I’m in a philosophical mood today so for those readers who might have some aversion for abstract thought please click your way out of here before it’s too late.
As I grew older my view of Good and Evil has evolved quite a lot. At first it was flat simple black and white: Good is what God says it is; what He says is Evil, must indeed be so. As you go along the way you stumble upon bumps, huge bumps in the presumably bumpless road that God has built for you and that was supposed to lead you to heaven’s door. Discrepancies in the Godly system of Good and Evil spark an internal argument between the theist and the atheist in you. Things reach a tipping point at which both the theist and the atheist reach an agreement. An agnostic truce that lasts long enough for you to start using the one thing that religion and tradition allied themselves together to prevent you from using, in the words of Poirot, your little grey cells, before you realize one morning that the atheist has killed the theist in you and that there is little for certainty in your world anymore and a whole life of doubt ahead of you instead. Enjoy. You’re Godless so whenever you think you do good you presumably don’t do it in hope for redemption. Doing good I’m sure involves a fundamentally selfish impulse though. Doing good makes you feel better. It’s chemistry at its purest form. But then you keep asking yourself what is good and how you are supposed to do it. At which point you start being interested in political and economic theories.
I’ve asked myself these questions for a long time now and by doing, went from one end of the spectrum to the other in search for answers. I consider myself a progressive, at the left of the politics of many of my friends but still I have some excruciating pending questions.
Is there any such a thing as a benevolent capitalist?
Is greed ultimately good?
Are there any credible and viable alternatives?