SHORT AND SWEET – 3

‘You’re imposing your morality on me.’

Two responses. First, ‘Well, yes, of course, because morality is supposed to apply to all of us. It’s about how we should behave. All of us. It’s wrong to mistreat children. Yes, you over there. And me too. So, yes, I think some behaviours are right and some are wrong. Probably a little old-fashioned for our culture, but there you go.’ Pause.

‘But don’t you think the same? Don’t you also hold certain moral views? What privileges your views over mine? And when you accuse me of ‘imposing mine,’ isn’t that exactly what you’re doing to me? Rejecting my views because they conflict with yours?

Why is this attitude so common? Partly because it’s assumed that there’s actually an over-arching position of neutrality from which all views can be assessed and judged. From the outside. But that isn’t true. We’re all on the inside. The view is called the Myth of the Neutral Centre. Not a very sexy title, but true.

So, when you think I’m imposing my morality, methinks a little humility and clear-thinking might be in order.

And I haven’t even addressed assumptions. More soon on that.

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One thought on “SHORT AND SWEET – 3

  1. Hey, you’re on WordPress! Didn’t realize this. say hi to the rest of the family from me/us.

    Oh, I don’t know if you know we moved to 1 1/2 hr. SE from Sacramento on the countryside (in the forest at 3000 feet) – not to be closer to our daughters – although we are, but to have more space to paint, and have the feeling our Heavenly Father wants us here for now. Our son is studying in The Hague and is almost done. How are you guys?

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