Where Do Our Morals Come From?
Slightly unrelated to our topic of the week, I want to discuss where our morals come from. As someone who did not grow up with religion, where did my morals come from? Are morals universal? Cultural? Inherent?
I most likely learned what was right and wrong from my parents who both happened to grow up in the church but stopped practicing before they had kids. My parents didn't make great life decisions but I would like to think that I am on a path that is better than theirs. How did I learn what are the right and wrong things to do in life?
Not everyone is a Christian, there are other religions. There are moral people following various religions around the world. Morals couldn’t have only come from one specific source then right? Where do atheists/nonbelievers get their morals from? If atheists don't believe in the things God say are right and wrong, why isn't the world being blown to smithereens at this very moment despite the rising number of nonbelievers in the world?
Humans seek to survive and cooperate, despite the crazy world we live in. Without cooperation, society can not survive. But people make poor choices right? We test the waters. We make bad decisions. It’s all part of learning. It’s all part of how we develop and grow as humans and live together.
I believe that our morals come from our ability to empathize, our natural instincts for survival, and our ability to test out various situations throughout life. These things allow us to develop our own morals. Morals existed before religion existed. Were they given to us from a God or is it purely biological and innate to be a good person?