I’d like to see more intellectual rigor and fortitude among atheists. I think it is time they recognized and shrugged off the last fusty trappings of religion inherited from the Christians who started the scientific revolution. If you’re going to deny the supernatural completely, then do it consistently. After all, atheists aren’t afraid of the truth. Whatever it is, they should step up and take it on the chin.
Hence, it is time to discard morality as the religious rubbish that it is
Here are three reasons why morality is just nonsense in a world without God:
- We have no obligations to evolution. While it is true that most people share a strong sense that we should not, for example, torture children for fun, we now know that this is just an evolved instinct that promotes survival. It is no different in principle (albeit not in practice) from the instinct to eat as much sugar as possible, or to avoid sleeping in green muck.
But it is obviously ridiculous to think we have an obligation to do what evolution has programmed us to do. We do not have an obligation to eat sugar, or to avoid sleeping in green muck. So by the same token, we also do not have an obligation to avoid torturing children for fun. Most of us may prefer not to, but it is certainly not wrong to do so. That language is just a holdover from religion, and should be discarded as the garbage it is.
- Evolution often selects for false beliefs. The widespread and pernicious existence of religion itself shows how false beliefs can aid survival. So in case you are tempted to cling to the silly religious notion that there really is such a thing as “right and wrong”, and that torturing children for fun falls squarely under “wrong”, let’s grant this for the sake of argument.
Now, the problem is, since evolution may select for false beliefs, you have no principled way to show that your beliefs about morality are not among them. They are just as likely to be coo-coo superstitious balderdash as belief in God, for example.
- Obligation is not a property of particles. Since we are nothing but matter in motion, and it is absurd to think that matter can have obligations to other matter simply by virtue of its being structured in a particular way, it is therefore just as absurd to think that human beings can have obligations to other human beings as to think that a beaker of acid can have obligations to another beaker of acid, or a galaxy to another galaxy.
Hopefully this puts to rest the backward, bronze-age notion of morality. Atheists should immediately reject such barbaric ideas, and feel free to embrace the liberating ethos of survival of the fittest—might makes right. There is no meaning to life, except perhaps extracting the most pleasure from it before oblivion. The human race as a whole does not matter; after all, the universe will eventually end in heat-death anyway. So we should live only for our own desires, and do it without reservation—regardless of how it affects anyone else. Like North Korea.