Last week I asked whether feeling could be an adequate basis for ethics (moral obligation).
My atheist professor friend thinks that evolution has given a high percentage of the population a feeling of empathy toward others, which leads to treating others with kindness and respect.
Such treatment is commendable but evolution also seems to have produced feelings of hatred toward others, often resulting in violence.
Empathy. Hatred. Both a result of evolution.
In conversation with atheist friends and acquaintances, I like to point out that what evolution does not give us is value or meaning. It doesn’t endow us with intrinsic worth. We just “are.”
Atheist philosopher Michael Ruse agrees: “I think the world is . . . matter in motion. It has no meaning. It has no values.”
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It seems to me that in a meaningless universe Mother Teresa (empathy) and ISIS (hatred) are on equal footing, ethically speaking. Evolution gave us both. They just are.