We Cannot Be Moralists

In 2021, we cannot be moralists in deciding whose life matters. As I look at all the ugliness of 2020 and 2021 all I hear from the court of public opinion is the highlighting of things people deem as moral deficiencies as a way to justify ill behaviors and heinous acts. This type of moralism is very dangerous because it allows people who commit violence to not be held accountable for their actions. We must understand the history of the world in order to understand why we cannot be moralists. The history of the world is the history of a society that has lacked morals and humanity. Meaning, society has evolved without a moral compass. The modern world that we currently occupy was conceived and is sustained through the stripping and exploitation of people, land, resources, and lives.

Therefore, there has been a lack of morals and humanity, so we cannot use morals to justify a person’s vileness. Rather, we must be committed to using logic to see the facts and humanity as a way to preserve life. If we as Americans believe in the Constitution we must critically practice the idea of “All men are created equally”. Despite the dated patriarchal sexist language I really like this idea that all people are created equally. If Americans actually hold this idea to be true that means as Americans we must realize that our lives are not more important or valuable than others. Meaning, we cannot tell others or criminalize them on their means to pursue their fundamental rights of life, liberty, and happiness AS LONG as these means do not infringe on other individuals’ means to these fundamental pursuits. Nor can we rip away the lives of others because of what we think is moral and immoral. We CANNOT make these moral judgments because we are not Gods, judges, executioners, or the law. Therefore, it becomes imperative that we recognize the humanity of people and the facts of the situation to use logic.

So what does this look like in reality? For example, here are the facts George Floyd was a person who was alleged to have a fake $20 bill. Derek Chauvin kneeled on George Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds squeezing out the last breaths of this man’s life. These are facts. Drugs did not kill George Floyd nor did anything else other than the direct actions of Derek Chauvin. Moreover, when looking at this case we must look at how Derek Chauvin’s actions infringed on the fundamental rights and the life of George Floyd. This is not a case of morals but rather it is a case of respecting humanity and life. Going forward we mustn’t situate ourselves as moralists because there is no true or objective morality. Alternately, then we must fight and will ourselves to see the humanity of people to preserve life at all cost.

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