Archive | July 2013

The quest for the universal morality : manifested dogmas or natural impulse?

“…It is better to be a human dissatisfied than a pig satisfied; better to be Socrates dissatisfied than a fool satisfied….”

John Stuart Mill / British Philosopher and Political Economist

still : John Stuart Mill, A influential Philosopher and Political Economist from 19th century who advocates "utilitarianism"

still : John Stuart Mill, a highly influential Philosopher and Political Economist from 19th century

Throughout centuries, philosophers and intellectuals have always been in the quest of seeking for the most rightful and valid conception of morality that is universally reasonable. The true core of morality that has a capability to render humanization against the arbitrary, savage and despotic state apparatus and absolute authority. After the industrial revolution and the abolition of monarchy that sweeps through europe, and followed by a colossal annihilation of million civilians and resources during world wars, it brought out the awareness of natural rights which are safeguarded and preserved under a virtual imposition of international laws. But, does it have a competence to turn human intution to become more ethical and moral?

Moral principles are legitimized per se by nature. Human generally have it’s own faculty to judge what is wrong or right. We certainly don’t need UN or International Tribunal to perceive war as an extreme violence, the ugliest thing that have ever attacked humanity. No need any label to render human morality to function and play it’s role in society. Without the existence of foundation and recognition is what therefore enables it’s charitable force and natural altruism, even it can effectively root out the most sinister traits, including those which originates out of power system, ranges from pseudo-democracy to genocidal and racist doctrines.

So, what is the ground to achieve the ultimate and greatest happiness by nature? how to set off the moral principle of right or wrong to function? According to Jeremy Bentham : the most fundamental keys are to maximise pleasure and reduce pain, as both are the most authoritative law of nature and ruling governance of individuals. So by all means, the final end for moral values lies ultimately in our pursuit for pleasures.

But how about if the happiness was conditioned to become universal values? can we reconcile ego with common interest? John Stuart Mill carried on by creating a philosophy of a moral-based pleasure that is situationed to not just satisfy one individual but also others. As he had expressed in his remark : for cultivating humanity and morality, it would be preferable for a strike against a clever man rather than cater one idiot. Because the goal of utility principle is not designed to gratify a thousand swines whom people despise for their lack of intelligence and incapability to struggle, but to aim intelligent beings who are critical, skeptical and able to bravely challenge the despotic ruler to flourish.

Written by DHANA


What is the genesis of a true justice and democracy in post-modernist world?

“….The principles of justice are chosen under rationality and impartiality (a veil of ignorance)…”

~ John Rawls /  Political Philosopher ~

still : John Rawls, Philosopher and Key Founder of "Rawlsian Social Theory of Justice" who developed the modern usage of social contract

still : John Rawls, Philosopher and Key Founder of “Rawlsian Social Theory of Justice” which developed / defined the modern context of social contract

In post-world war 2, we all begun to search out the right “formula” for the system of justice which is universally applicable and can be imposed without any certain group of people being suppressed and marginalized. The failure of many political and economic system – especially those system that operates under the cloak of democracy and freedom – has led it’s population into the pits of moral degradation and cannibalistic greediness. In the past, jean-jacques rousseau, david hume and john locke had set off the first hint of long-standing theory to form a genuine justice that is based on liberal virtues and social values.

Now after the most violent and tumultuous period in history of mankind, John Rawls ushered in his political philosophy, widely known as “rawlsian theory”, that advocates liberalism and principles based on human nature and natural law. In his most basic tenets, “rawlsian theory” enunciates an established system of justice which is constructed on the most intrinsic right of individuals and sustained by population’s consensus. And how do we achieve the state of well-being in that method? All people must be veiled. They all must ignore a set of  knowledges and informations or social status to render impartiality and generate rationality so therefore they all can create their own ideals that doesn’t just benefit an exclusive group of rich elites but also the less-fortunate and the weaks as well as evokes equilibrium.

The next question is : how about the role of government and authority in this model of societal structure? The minimal intervention may come in handy to decimate the expansion of unregulated private powers that frequently concentrate their profits to wield in their influence and corrupt the system. But again, is there virtually any authority that driven by goodwill to govern it’s citizens and population? probably not. so the only resolution is : re-construction and re-establishment of a new democratic government that is completely relied on human faculties which embarked from original position where the veil of ignorance was the starting point.

Written by DHANA