too much to become ethical?
I am currently reading Marilynne Robinson’s book, “Absence of Mind.” While from a Christian perspective, Marilynne raises some insightful analysis of world history that shows up the philosophical ‘sloppiness’, prejudice really, that has become the hallmark of the aetheistic, positivist movement. Of course, I can fully understand the anger and frustration that has clouded their judgement in this manner, and reminded of Baha’u’llah’s exhortion, “When a true seeker determineth to take the step of search in the path leading unto the knowledge of the Ancient of Days, he must, … so cleanse his heart that no remnant of either love or hate may linger therein, lest that love blindly incline him to error, or that hate repel him away from the truth.” (Baha’u’llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 264). I also fully recognise the value that the positivist movement has created for those societies, again reminding me of Baha’u’llah and Abdu’l-Baha’s constant encouragement to build sciences that have ethical and productive outcomes.
The ongoing blindspot in the positivist aetheist movement is the failure to reconcile and engage with the enormous value that religious discipline has had in the world, and that the majority of expenditure on positivist science goes towards killing people. If we add to that the expenditure that is orientated towards technologies that allow the wealthy to increasingly dominate the populations of the world, often without providing best product or service that is available, then the unethical behaviour related to science probably projects towards the 90 percentile of expenditure. This is a very precarious place for the world to be. And, though I am feeling a little precarious myself from the economic downturn of the last couple of years, I think it was the best thing that could have happened to humanity. Yet whether governments, bankers, multinationals, actually understand what is happening, and are responsive to the lesson, will determine how many rounds and how severe these rounds of reconciliation of the balance, is needed, to build ethical institutions. While those capitalists are the only game in town supporting positivist research, will positivists be able to raise their game and join religionists in the move to a more ethical society, or will they, out of ongoing denial and hate, purpose to support the status quo?