Hi Stephen P. King Yes, morals are of anthropological or sociological origin and so are created by usage, like the meanings of words. They are also spread by usage (customs, laws, etc.)
You may stop there, but personally, being a Platonist and student of Leibniz, I go a little farther and believe that these are all contributed to a Central, Active, Universal Memory which is shared by all as the memory of the One or what Jung called the Cosmic Unconscious. I think that is Sheldrake's position. Since the One (or at least the Supreme Monad) is the only acting agent in the universe, my cosmology turns out to be a giant cosmic octopus, knowing all and doing all. ----- Receiving the following content ----- From: Stephen P. King Receiver: everything-list Time: 2013-01-31, 13:09:07 Subject: Re: The least and best means of controlling gun violence Hi Roger, We can add together our claims to get a better claim as I see a way to bring our ideas together. How about: morals are the rules of the individual generated by interactions with others. I still refuse to accept any coherence to the idea that there is a collective with a mind at the same level as the individual. Look at the often quoted example of a BEC. In such, the aggregate becomes one entity, a new individual and the previous individual (from the point of view of behaviors) vanishes. On 1/31/2013 8:05 AM, Roger Clough wrote: Hi Stephen P. King IMHO morals imply that you have somebody looking over your shoulder. So they are collective. ----- Receiving the following content ----- From: Stephen P. King Receiver: everything-list Time: 2013-01-30, 13:44:45 Subject: Re: The least and best means of controlling gun violence On 1/30/2013 12:41 PM, Craig Weinberg wrote: On Wednesday, January 30, 2013 11:09:49 AM UTC-5, rclough wrote: What is the least powerful means of controlling gun violence ? By legal means, as if guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns. Just like if you outlaw biological weapons, then only outlaws will have biological weapons. That's pretty much the idea of making things illegal. What is the most powerful means ? By restablishing moral values in our homes, in our schools and in the media. Moral values cannot be re-established by decree, only imitated voluntarily by example. Morals flow from the individual mind. The collective has no morals. -- Onward! Stephen -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. To post to this group, send email to email@example.com. Visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list?hl=en. For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/groups/opt_out.