Do People Need God To Have Morals?
By Ruchira Khanna, San Jose, USA
Arthur Schopenhauer once said, “Compassion is the basis of morality.”
Individuals define morals as the rules of right conduct. How we treat others and ourselves speaks volume about us, as a person.
This attitude can either make us walk a mile, or we could dig a grave for ourselves as we breathe.
Morality and Philosophy
All living beings have a soul. This is a living thing that is within the body. This Soul is our guide, our consciousness to help us distinguish between right and wrong. This consciousness usually directs and chaperones us in the daily hustle bustle of life while we face the many challenges, pitfalls and talks to us when emotionally down. Consciousness is our awareness that we think about, and experience it on a daily basis.
Consciousness is a vast field, which encircles around a wide range of possibilities that get thrown at us it is also a field of creativity that allows us to come up with solutions when surrounded by problems; it is a set of intuitions that make us take decisions accordingly. We surround our intentions by our consciousness. Consciousness is about love, peace, imagination, compassion, kindness, and peace of mind.
The philosophy of morality is ethics. Our Morals strongly govern our life, and the life we lead solely depends on our actions, reactions, and thoughts.
As Laurence Sterne said, “Respect for ourselves guides our morals; respect for others guides our manners.”
Mark Twain mentioned, “Always do what is right. It will gratify half of mankind and astound the other.”
Consciousness is our blue print. How we act, react, and think can bring changes in our body and our life. Thus, making morality and philosophy as one entity. However, the question is that how many of us abide by the morals of life?
Who is God?
Many believers feel that God is a superficial force above us that is supreme and is an object of faith.
Many people are with varied beliefs and conceptions of God and claim different philosophy for the Almighty’s characteristics, goals and tactics. This has led to the development of various groups that define themselves as Theists, Deists, and Pantheists.
Theist believes that God is the creator and sustainer of the universe. While deist has the belief that God is the creator, but not the sustainer of the universe, and the burden lies on the people thriving on the planet. Pantheist is of the opinion that God is the universe itself.
Many modern and medieval philosophers have argued existence of God. Those that believe in this supreme force address him by the name of the religion they follow. Although, Mahatma Gandhi once said, “God has no religion.”
Today Christianity, Hinduism, and Muslims are the most followed and popular religions in the world. Some noted examples are Allah for Muslims, Jesus for Christians, and Krishna for Hindus.
God and Philosophy
For those who believe in God, have a fear factor within them and that makes them perform good deeds or go on a path that is full of morals. God is their anchor, and that helps them shape their path towards a righteous one. This honest route helps them shape a conscientious life for themselves by the decisions they make and perform.
The fear factor from the Almighty helps man to walk the path of truth or morals since that keeps him assured as he accumulates his karma points in the good container versus committing sins and then repenting later when surrounded by sorrows.
Does God Exist?
For those who do not believe in the existence of the supreme, but have consciousness and awareness of morals and philosophy continue to perform their duties and walk on the path of virtue, which in turn helps them shape a bright destiny for themselves.
Morality is gradually becoming extinct. We are living in a world of “Me-Myself-Mine”. With the rise of social media, we are becoming like a robot. Constantly hooked to the Internet where feelings and authenticity go missing.
Man wants to live life king size but prefers to get wealth without work, gain knowledge without striving hard for it, become a leader without any sacrifices or make any conscience effort, and wants results the easy way. Integrity is going missing, and people want publicity for everything.
The result: Dust covers our consciousness and we are unable to distinguish between right and wrong. Ego’s get stroked when brushed by, and that increases bloodshed and sorrow around the globe. The weaker gender is getting assaulted and abused as they face the wrath of man and his aggression over issues in life. Children are losing their innocence seeing the war and hatred around their community. The world is also showing signs of extreme anger by natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunami, hurricanes, and cyclones. That leaves millions homeless while facing the fury of Mother Nature. Man is running in this rat race and losing track of his ideals thus, making the living of a man a sham.
Does man follow the set of rules because he believes in God? OR Is he intelligent enough to tread upon this path, and is able to distinguish between right and wrong?
Today man is surrounded by inflation, and corruption. These chew the body out of a poor man as a result: he is bitter and digs his soul deep into the ground so that it never tries to communicate with his mind. Thus, making man walk on the path of dishonesty, amorality, and sinfulness.
Unfortunately, the circumstances in life are leading man on the above path. The choices he makes are not good for his moral being, thus leading to many side effects that are seen around.
Under such conditions/circumstances, we want a superior force that keeps reminding us of our sheer existence and the reason we are on this planet. Thus, making the statement stand tall and strong,
" We need God to have morals".
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