In this article we will examine three different time periods. With each period being distinctively known for its philosophical influence on our moral foundation. Our first leap in time is to 1882. Imagine we have just met at the busiest coffee shop in London. The topic of discussion as heavy as the pipe smoke hovering over our heads. Friedrich Nietzsche has published “The Gay Science” also translated as “The Joyful Pursuit of Knowledge and Understanding”. This collection becoming widely known for this quote:
God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for us to clean ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent? Is not the greatness of this deed too great for us? Must we ourselves not become gods simply to appear worthy of it?
-Nietzsche, The Gay Science, Section 125, tr. Walter Kaufmann
With this in mind I find myself asking, “What will we humans hold as the guide for our Moral foundation?” Therefore, if “God is Dead” whom will I perform my good deeds for? Is this all we are? Spores floating along bumping into one another, apologizing only to ensure our immortal well being. Could we return to the well known Golden Rule? Politely letting others know how it is “I” would like to be treated. Has this concept not changed at all? Only becoming more politically correct on how our intentions are addressed. With that being said, I think we have had plenty of coffee here in London, its time for a change.
A Moral Paradox
The year is now 1953, Ludwig Wittgenstein has published “Philosophical Investigations“, it was suggested that “conceptual confusions surrounding language use are at the root of most philosophical problems, contradicting or discarding much of what he argued in his earlier work, the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus“. By now we are racing to a “picture show” in “Pleasantville” eager to find our minds distracted by the opposite sex. Trying to find our place as anything other than drifting spores in a unimaginably vast abyss. Ludwig sets our mind on a new course with a quotation from St. Augustine,
“The individual words in language name objects-sentences are combinations of such names. In this picture of language we find the roots of the following idea: Every word has a meaning. This meaning is correlated with the word. It is the object for which the word stands.”
By now most, including myself, are coming to realize complete confusion or utter dawning. Upon which words become sentences then paragraphs. Stories followed by explanations and theories. This leads one to see the realization of the “Private Language Argument“. The paradox of language itself, the medium upon which is the very core of our communication. “Philosophical Investigations” has become highly influential for the 20th century, in the field of analytic tradition. Has the blueprint for our morality been reduced to a mathematical equation? Are we a conundrum within ourselves, babbling from pure paradoxes to build a more complex paradox?
Let’s make one more leap of faith. This one to a time a little more modern. We are now approaching 2020. In my opinion, we humans at our core represent the embodiment of words themselves. For we are “human” and how else would we describe this? It has been suggested we and the multiverse within us have been created from only one of these words. I will present you now with a quote of my own, which can only be found on our website.
Consciousness is like a spinning top…and ours has just begun.
-Robert Allan Thompson II
While pondering this idea longer and longer I found myself realizing things I hadn’t when it was conceived. A top spins at its fastest when the ride begins.
Slowly reducing speed, it starts to wobble, then falls. Has the culmination of human ideas and moral values been conceptualized during this high speed ride of consciousness.
Would it not be harder to decipher the message at peak spinning velocity? Could we possibly only truly begin to understand what consciousness is, when our top has slowed its rotation and entered a state of the slow wobble. Giving its receiver the time needed to understanding and absorb the information. I do believe this to be true. I believe that our moral grounding has been through quite a spin…one that has just begun.