From Creation, on, mankind has proven time and again that rules are necessary to keep society in check. Chaos reigns in places where the definition of right and wrong is not clearly defined.
On March 21, the UK Telegraph had an interesting article about a child psychotherapist who thinks a growing number of kids are mentally ill due to overuse of the internet. In response, Rush Limbaugh almost nailed it when he said it is more our culture than technology. Those pondering what ails this planet need not look beyond our own noses to understand that while we were asleep, the enemy set up camp. Too many moms and dads lazily impart to schools and universities the responsibility to teach their kids about right and wrong. A Zogby study years back found that 75 percent of college professors taught that right and wrong do not exist.
Many parents also entrust houses of worship that have long since forsaken their holy calling to clearly define right and wrong in favor of what does not offend in these most grey days of political correctness.
Our civilized society became progressively less civil when sound Judeo-Christian principles, moral absolutes, were methodically replaced by the irrational thought that wrong does not exist if defining it as such somehow interferes with certain behaviors.
However, science proves right and wrong exist. Thanks to Aristotle, we know that everything we believe is based on the most basic principle of rational thought, the Law of Non-Contradiction. To wit: "A" cannot be "B" and "non-B" at the same time in the same sense.
In his great work, Metaphysics, Aristotle wrote, "For the same thing to be present and not present at the same time in the same subject, and according to the same principle, is impossible." Aristotle proved: 1. No one can believe that the same thing can (at the same time) be and not be. 2. It is impossible that the same thing belong and not belong to the same thing at the same time and the same respect. 3. The most certain of all basic principles is that contradictory propositions are not true simultaneously.
Moreover, Aristotle argued that every expression has singular meaning. That is, men are men, rocks are rocks, marriage is marriage, trees are trees, fingers are fingers, etc. Deny this and logic exits the farm making for rampant confusion like dogs are really cats…hot is cold…good, evil…truth, lies…right, wrong -- sort of like where we are today in America. We find ourselves confused about the most basic of things, like God's existence, which is like debating the existence of air. One does not need to verbally acknowledge that air exists to prove it does; all it takes is one instinctive inhale at birth and air reveals itself to us. And so it is with air's Creator.
Unless the same law is applied to God's existence, there are no absolutes, moral or otherwise and non-beings accidentally non-float in non-air for no reason. However, back in reality, we know our actions are an overflow of what we believe about God, whether we acknowledge his existence or not. Remove him from the equation and we are reduced to the equivalent of a powerless boat without a sail, tossed and driven about by whichever way the wind blows.
We embrace certain aspects of right and wrong until it interferes with our personal agenda. And with every contradiction, we fall deeper still into the pit, desperately clutching the random pieces of God that seem to reinforce our Nietzsche-like make-it-up-as-you-go relativistic morality, losing our souls and the soul of a nation along the way. But as for me, I believe in right and wrong. As CS Lewis once wrote, I believe in God "as I believe that the sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else."