onsdag 1 oktober 2008

Ethics vs Morals, Part 3

Dear Zaneta

This is absolutely correct!!!
Just take a look at The Gathas and you will see its ethics but no morals: You will not find any commandments anywhere. But you will constantly find a search FOR identity IN values. And there Zarathushtra finds his source of ethics: It is that which is good for the communty in the long run which is also good for himself. The short-sighted barbarian who only does what is good for himself and in the short run therefore ends up lonely and bitter. While Zarathushtra can enjoy life to its fullest as its creative co-creator.
So what Zarathushtra is providing isn not exact values but meta-values: The condition within which WE as Mazdayasni after him can construct our own values. You can not be further removed from the law-enforcing God-Judge and The Ten Commandments of The Old Testament, the source of values for the Abrahamic religions.


2008/10/2 Zaneta Garratt

Hi Alexander and Dino,

This fine letter Alexander wrote reminds me of a saying by William Shakespeare that I have often found comforting in times past which is-
to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.

Morals can be false and are obeyed because society demands this, not because a person believes in them while ethics come from the heart of a person who means to do good,,

Best wishes from Zaneta

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