We want it both ways. We want to believe we are all basically human. That way we can thrill to diversity to our heart’s content. Who cares if ISIS terrorists burn people alive or cut off their victim’s heads with hunting knives. We are all just the same.
C. S. Lewis wrote about the “moral law” in his book Mere Christianity. We have an inbuilt moral compass. What we believe, however, makes a difference. If we choose to believe something evil, we can learn to ignore our conscience. The guilt will still eat at our hearts, but less and less with each sin we commit. That’s why parents, not politicians, must take responsibility for the instruction of their children. Parents must do their best to ensure that their children form a properly developed conscience.
In one of the most illuminating and bizarre exchanges recently online, the following observation was made by a man to defend the insane and absurd notion that ‘there is no God.’
‘Culture creates conscience.’ Worth repeating: ‘Culture creates conscience.’ Let this idea sink into your being, and muse upon the filthy implications.
If an Eskimo stole a seal, and was asked by a fellow iglooian: ‘Did you steal my seal?’ and he said ‘no,’ he knows darn well he is lying, and he will be troubled by his conscience; no need to be chastised by a polar bear, he knows he done did wrong, as culture is ancillary to the crime.
If an Asian customer in a Japanese McDonald’s stole a muffin, he does not need to be reminded by the manager that he done did wrong. His conscience will accuse him, as culture is ancillary to the crime.
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