[Chris Kitzke 991207.1724]
Mind if I take a crack at some answers?
Marc referenced the questions from Bill Powers (921202.0830) over seven years
ago, so maybe my answers will not have already been given.
<<If a certain practice...is immoral for people who are devoted to one
religion but not for others, how are the people for whom it is immoral to
think about those for whom it is not? >>
There is no one way to think...some shrug it off, some feel duty-bound to
tell them and others still think they need to change them (by using any
methods or theories available).
<<...how can you be "tolerant" of other religions that preach no such
PCT has taught me that there is nothing I can do to control what someone else
believes, so I tolerate it (it's just a perception to say they believe in
something I believe is wrong). As long as my control system is not
experiencing negative feedback, no action is necessary
<<"How can something that's absolutely wrong for you to do be OK for others
It is their perception and want that says it is OK for them...whatever I
think is wrong for me I consider wrong for others who also think it is
wrong...for those who don't think it is wrong, I can say to myself that it is
not OK, but I don't let it bother me.
<<This is the problem with fundamentalism of any kind, isn't it? A true moral
absolutist, obviously, considers his or her morals to be the absolutely right
ones, and therefore must act to correct deviations from that moral code by
ANYONE, not just by those who share the same principles. This requirement
clearly conflicts with goals such as getting along with others, respecting
their rights, belief in freedom of thought, and so forth.>>
When I read these two statements I decided to respond. I don't think that
all moral absolutists must act to correct others. Is this how moral
absolutists are viewed? I am also not sure how this conflicts with the goals
listed, especially for those who share the same goal. I also wonder if an
individual's own morals are the only ones they can believe to be correct. I
consider some of my Dad's morals and beliefs to be "the right ones" even
though I would not be sure that these same morals were mine.
Anxiously Awaiting the Response,