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The Moral Imperative

 
(For Rabbi)

 
Morality, contrary to EM (European Modernism) relativism, is our essential species-trait.
 
It is, in fact, the very building block of human society.
 
The First Moral Relation is between mother and infant.
 
It is also the very first, vital, natural/social tie.

 
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EM ideology arose in challenge to the sway of the Church of Rome; but was even more antagonistic to the idea of a moral order.
 
The latter would fit ill with its venal, materialist, ambitions*.
 
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EM , once on the ascendant, soon replaced extant moral law of medieval Europe , with written legal codes: written , that is, by its own votaries.
 
In a way, E-Modernism expunged a moral universe and substituted a rational-legal framework for it, and deemed it ‘progress’.
 
The latter is more negotiable, more flexible, and more susceptible to the ploys of vested interests.
 
Commerce demands enforceable contracts- being between distrusting parties motivated only by the prospect of gain – whence the preference for hard and fast legal codes.
 
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This is how Canon Law (basic to the Church of Rome, and inimical to profit-taking and interest-bearing) was largely buried by EM zealots, in support of the nouvelle ‘Protestant’ revolution that helped break the social tie and the idea of collective responsibility (good , tangible, ‘works’ being discarded by the esoteric modality of a privatised ‘faith’) , in favor of asocial, adversarial, individualism.
 
And, once moral laws are abandoned, we enter the now all too familiar world of a Post-Moral Society where, essentially, ‘anything goes’.
 
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And, once morality is rendered non-essential , even superfluous, we slide surely down the bannister of what I have termed Human Devolution
 
Because, to be Post-Moral is to be Post-Human.
 
And that is where the Lead Hegemon of EM is at today.
 
Post Truth, Post Morality, and Post Human.
 
Almost beyond redemption?
 
You tell me.
 
*For more background to all this, see my Farewell to Modernism, N.Y., 2017
 
[© R.Kanth 2022]

 

Professor Rajani Kanth, is Author of Coda (Novel) , A Day in the Life (Novel), and Expiations (Verse)

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