Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Godless Philosophy

"Ethicist" Peter Singer has written a remarkable editorial for the New York Times entitled, "Should This Be the Last Generation?"  Singer questions, "How good does life have to be, to make it reasonable to bring a child into the world? Is the standard of life experienced by most people in developed nations today good enough to make this decision unproblematic, in the absence of specific knowledge that the child will have a severe genetic disease or other problem?"

Toward the end he questions:

"Is a world with people in it better than one without? Put aside what we do to other species — that’s a different issue. Let’s assume that the choice is between a world like ours and one with no sentient beings in it at all. And assume, too — here we have to get fictitious, as philosophers often do — that if we choose to bring about the world with no sentient beings at all, everyone will agree to do that. No one’s rights will be violated — at least, not the rights of any existing people. Can non-existent people have a right to come into existence?"

He then, rather arbitrarily, chooses life:

"In my judgment, for most people, life is worth living. Even if that is not yet the case, I am enough of an optimist to believe that, should humans survive for another century or two, we will learn from our past mistakes and bring about a world in which there is far less suffering than there is now. But justifying that choice forces us to reconsider the deep issues with which I began. Is life worth living? Are the interests of a future child a reason for bringing that child into existence? And is the continuance of our species justifiable in the face of our knowledge that it will certainly bring suffering to innocent future human beings?" 

Those that do not reckon the evil of the godless philosophy of our age as the great wickedness that it is, must re-evaluate the ideology they naively dismiss.  Philosophers such as Singer have no room for God in their worldview, and as a result have little reason to include mankind  in their eschatology.  Man is left to the whim of a philosopher's reasoning.  G.K. Chesterton is right, in Orthodoxy, to judge philosophies based on their merits.  Christianity breeds life, all else breeds death.  Is this not sufficient grounds to judge the merits of an ideology?

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A. B. Caneday said...

Singer makes a living by asking questions out loud that most others may have wondered about when they were children and learned never to pose out loud because to do so is wrong, even evil.