America Is Skating on Thin Ice

It Has Lost Its Moral Compass By Abandoning The Practical for Feels Alone

America was the first country founded on an idea, not just the conquest of real estate. Initially a territory for exploration, it evolved into a British colony, and with a growing population, the imperative to separate and form a unique country emerged. And what a success it was.

When I say it was founded on an idea, I mean a moral principle. Religious people will argue it was freedom of religion. Secular folks will say it was freedom of speech or just plain freedom. But underlying both is something more fundamental: self-determination. Each person is an individual, not a vessel of some state, lord, king, or territory. You’re not a pawn. You have your own life. It’s yours. And as long as you refrain from preying on others, you should be free to live it as you choose.

That self-determination is a moral principle. By principle, I mean that’s your starting point, your boundary. And what is the real boundary? Reality. This brings us back to what morality truly is.

What is morality? It’s what’s good for the human organism, or you as an individual. Conversely, what’s bad for you is immoral. This leaves plenty of room for debate on what’s good and bad for you.

Religious people generally think you owe everything to God. Secular people typically think you owe it all to your neighbor. These manifestations of moral principles—what’s good or bad—rely on another principle: your worth is determined by the extent to which you sacrifice, whether to an imagined God or to the needs of your fellow citizens.

Note that few people question the premise: that self-sacrifice is moral. So here’s a homework assignment designed to get you thinking for yourself:

For the sake of argument or playing professional philosopher, confine yourself to the idea that morality is simply what’s good for me vs. what’s bad for me. Now, argue the case for self-sacrifice.

Remember, whatever benefits you believe accrue to the end points of self-sacrifice, be it God or society, your primary concern must be: is it good or bad for the one doing the self-sacrificing?

For extra credit, you might ask yourself why sacrifice is so prevalent in seemingly all human culture. Hell, even the Europeans found native savages in the Americas performing human sacrifice…an artifact developed completely independent of the religions of the West that rely both on animal sacrifice (Judaism) and human sacrifice (Jesus Christ[ians]). And for extra-extra credit, qui bono in the base and root ethic of the notion of sacrifice per se?

So, what’s the point of this line of questioning about sacrifice and self-sacrifice for the supposed betterment of others or the betterment of some rallying cry, central authority, or revered idea? The point is to examine closely and dissect this whole notion of morality, especially in the context of America being founded on the principle of self-determination. Everyone seems to take that idea and run with it.

In other words, for most people around the world, morality isn’t just about what’s good versus bad for oneself. No, it involves doing a lot of things you might not otherwise do or refraining from things you might otherwise do, all based on external authorities—whether they be God, a priest, a guru, an official, a bureaucrat, an administrator, a cop, or whoever. There’s always someone telling you what to do. The general idea is that the more you submit to these authorities, even to the point of sacrificing your own well-being as a whole person—not just physical health but mental state too—the better.

You might be in perfect physical health but be miserable inside because you’re doing stuff you don’t want to do or refraining from doing stuff that harms nobody else, but you want to do. That’s not living a fulfilled life. In my view, that’s immoral. You’re not being moral, you’re victimized immorally because you’re being forced—through no fault of your own—to live what would be an immoral life for you.

Here’s the trick in all of this. Everybody gets to run with the football down the field of their own choosing. At the end of the day, physical reality still dictates that everyone needs shelter from the elements, food in their bellies, water, personal protection like clothing or coverings, and a sense of security. So, what do people do? They do what drives society and ultimately builds civilization and prosperity. They go about the task of seeing to all these needs in astounding, wonderful ways. That’s the true morality of it all, right there. They’re doing all this stuff that’s objectively good for people.

But what’s the moral part according to conventional thinking? They go to church, pray, and believe in God, thinking God has bestowed all this onto them; or, they give to charity, attend Woke rallies, march nekid during gay pride, or whatever it is that floats their morality boat. It’s not that they worked their asses off for it, collaborated in communion and mutual benefit with others, planned, and “sacrificed.” But it’s not really a sacrifice because it’s more like an investment. They reap the rewards.

Pay attention when people call investments sacrifices. “I sacrificed and sacrificed and finally achieved success.” No, you fucking did not. You invested. You had the belief, prediction, or calculation that it would eventually pay off if you worked hard, smart, and long enough at it. And you were right. Good for you. My hat’s off to you. And fuck all to God. Fuck your prayers. Give yourself some credit.

When I say morality wins all wars in the long run, what do I actually mean by that? Do I mean that America wins because it’s a God-fearing nation founded on biblical principles? No, I fucking do not.

America was founded as a nation of general self-determination, a moral principle. People who were willing to work hard recognized that they might have a better life and get ahead if they came over here. They set themselves to the task of creating values for others and society—values that others and society would pay them for. They became wealthy, and they built a wealthy nation. That nation became so wealthy that it eventually became the guardian of truth, justice, and the American way all over the world and was highly admired and respected for it.

Now?

But again, people will say, “No, it’s because we’re founded on God.” Well, what about now? Look around you. Does America look anything like a nation founded on religious principles? They’re cutting off the penises and the breasts of teenagers. It’s arguable that human sacrifice is better because at least you end their pain right there. You don’t give them lifelong torture.

To that post, I commented:

I’m coming up on having lived a total of 12 years abroad (outside the USA). Japan for 5 yrs in the 80s, France for 2 yrs in the 90s, Mexico for 6 months around 2015, and since Jan ’20, Thailand.

It used to be that I found the jeering and mocking of America baseless and just sour grapes. Now I join right in.

Because America is the biggest clown-car circus joke of a country that has ever existed on the planet and just like everything American, they do it up BIG.

It’s a laughingstock, it’s obvious to everyone, and it’s so righteously deserved.

You know who’s to blame?

All those hearts-in-the-right-place people who tell you to pray harder.

So, here’s the very gist of what I am telling you and why you’re skating on thin ice: it’s because you are still seeing American morality in terms of your beliefs, particularly religious beliefs, but also some secular beliefs, some charitable beliefs. You are thinking of American morality in terms of what you think, what you believe, rather than in terms of what you do in a boots-on-the-ground sense.

The reason the boots on the ground in America were always more effective than boots on the ground anywhere else in the world—and if you want to talk about kill ratios whenever America goes to war—that is because of American ingenuity. And all of that is a direct result of the morality of self-determination. If I can put it in these terms: each man ultimately being his own God while virtue-signalling his homage to an external one he doesn’t truly believe in as much as he believes in himself.

So, as you continue to watch the decay and downfall of America and all your calls are to elect this guy and pray harder, and introduce this legislation and that regulation, ask yourself this: the morality that got us here was called the War for Independence. The Revolutionary War.

A lot of blood was shed. Sure, they gave credit to God bla bla bla.

That is all.

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