Whence Morality?

Darwin and Wallace

Darwin and Wallace

Here’s a fun article from the Huffington Post on this Darwin Day, 2016.

Darwin Day Revelation: Evolution, Not Religion, Is the Source of Morality

After cherry picking a “creationist” whopper and linking to a questionable transitional creature as “abundant new fossil evidence,” the author goes on to say:

. . . the problem with religious morality is evident: it’s frozen in time. If morals came down the mountain with Moses or through an angel’s pen, progress makes no sense. That’s precisely the stand that ISIS and Christian Reconstructionists take.

So on top of it all he lumps those Jews and Christians who uphold the ten commandments with . . . ISIS. Nice one, HuffPo.

I have to ask though, just how are the ten commandments “outdated”? A compelling case can be made for their being absolutely necessary as a basis for a just society, as has been done by Dennis Prager in his excellent video series, and as we here at Salvo have done in many articles (see Secular Fantasies: The Golden Rule Is Powerless Without Judeo-Christian Presuppositions).

Below is a list of The Ten Commandments. I ask you, which one of these do you object to for being outdated? Which ones are found in nature? (Take a hard look at numbers 6 through 10)

1. I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.
2. You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
5. Honor your father and your mother.
6. You shall not murder.
7. You shall not commit adultery.
8. You shall not steal.
9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
10. You shall not covet.

You can boil it down to this: Is The Golden Rule the same as Survival of the Fittest? The obvious answer is NO. As John West says in a interview with Salvo,

. . . Now it’s true that Darwin was squeamish about following the logical implications of his theory. But he clearly provided the basic arguments used by those who came after him, and eugenics was certainly logically connected to his theory. If you truly believe that human progress depends on unfettered survival of the fittest, and if modern societies have done their best to counteract natural selection, then you are left with two choices for saving the human race: Go back to the old law of the jungle or impose some kind of artificial selection—in other words, eugenics. . . .

Read the rest of the interview here: How Has Darwinism Affected Politics and the Culture? An Interview with John West, author of Darwin Day in America.

Here’s a quote from another famous man born this day.

“Near eighty years ago we began by declaring that all men are created equal; but now from that beginning we have run down to the other declaration, that for SOME men to enslave OTHERS is a “sacred right of self-government.” These principles can not stand together. They are as opposite as God and mammon; and whoever holds to the one, must despise the other.” —Abraham Lincoln on October 16, 1854

Which leads me to one last question: Is equality found in nature?

Think For Yourselves, Ladies

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by Nick Anderson. Nick Anderson’s Editorial Cartoons

Salvo has had numerous articles outlining some of the inherent contradictions in the latest wave of feminism we’re all having to endure. See below:

Femi-Nihilism
The Feminist Mistake

by Terrell Clemmons

. . . There’s a general malaise among women in America today. In an article titled “The Paradox of Declining Female Happiness,” in the American Economic Journal (August 2009), researchers Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers reported that, while the lives of women in the United States have improved extraordinarily “by many objective measures, yet we show that women’s happiness has declined both absolutely and relative to men.” As women have gained more freedom, education, and power, they have become less happy. . . .

The Unbearable Lightness of Feminism
A review of Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture
by Bernard Chapin

. . . Feminism, as opposed to abstinence education, is to blame for the oversexualization of contemporary Western women. When girls are taught that their genitalia are the basis for superiority, there is no reason for them to restrain themselves at all. In our society, women are affirmed simply for being alive. We have feminism to thank for these irrational ways. . . .

Facing Feminism
A Closer Look at Its Discontents
by Colleen Carroll Campbell

. . . most of the feminist writers we studied struck me as shrill and hyperbolic, with their denunciations of housewives and stay-at-home mothers as “parasites,” as Simone de Beauvoir called them, or inmates in a “comfortable concentration camp,” as Betty Friedan put it. It bothered me that so many theorists we read succumbed to one of two extremes: Either they allowed their insistence on the equality of men and women to obscure the differences between the sexes, or they allowed their emphasis on the differences between the sexes to obscure the equality of men and women. . . .

The Massacre of Valentine’s Day
Feminism’s V-Day Eliminates Men, Marriage & Romance—and Kills Sex
by Robin Phillips

. . . How is this liberating for women? The answer is purportedly found in such books as Sharon Thompson’s Going All the Way: Teenage Girls’ Tales of Sex, Romance, and Pregnancy and Leora Tanenbaum’s Slut! Growing Up Female with a Bad Reputation. These works argue that the only reason casual sex leaves young girls wounded and vulnerable is that they have made the mistake of fusing sex with love. The solution, Thompson argues, is for girls to stop “condition[ing] sexual consent on romantic expectations.” Before the feminist utopia can arrive, love and romance must be excised from sex. . . .

Donor Misconceptions

From our friends and MercatorNet:

A donor-conceived woman speaks out
There is a hole in the hearts of people whose biological fathers have been erased from their lives. An interview with Stephanie Raeymaekers

The Belgian advertising industry recently launched a campaign to support sperm donation. Award-winning men donated theirs to boost national creativity. As the child of an anonymous donor, what did you think of it?

I found it an appalling campaign for many reasons. In the first place, their claim is pure nonsense. A creative gene does not exist. Studies prove that the environment where one grows up is more likely to contribute to one’s creativity. Stating that you can create creative people by letting “creative” men donate their sperm is utter fiction. In a YouTube video clip you can see the head of a genetics department supporting this fiction. Because of this I filed an official complaint against her hospital: they are actually lying in the hope of attracting more donors and clients.

It is selling out on so many levels but up mostly it is a sell-out at the expense of the children that are going to be conceived by this sperm.

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Further reading from Salvo:

Cracking Eggs: IVF & Israel’s New Eugenics
by Paige Comstock Cunningham

Relationship Status: It’s Complicated?

I’ve recently added this review by Rebecca Golossanov to the Salvo online archive. The book is Manning Up: How the Rise of Women Has Turned Men into Boys by Kay S. Hymowitz. It’s from a few years back but still a very relevant and thought-provoking book on men and women, how we relate to and interact with each other, and the effects on society at large. From the article:

It has been almost universally true throughout history and across cultures that boys become men once they are able to support and protect a wife and family. In Western countries, however, this expectation has drastically diminished. Gone are the days when boys underwent rigorous trials and rites of passage to establish their status as men and their ability to undertake familial responsibilities and cultural leadership. Today’s boys are often left aimless, without being given a clear picture as to what makes a man. Largely free from societal expectations, they waste away much of their 20s and 30s playing video games, watching ESPN and Adam Sandler movies, drinking, and enjoying casual sex.

The author calls this historically new life-stage pre-adulthood. As these pre-adult men falter through life, their female counterparts increasingly excel in both school and career, often outperforming the men. But in order to pursue their dreams, many young women delay starting a family. Then, as they approach their mid-thirties, with biological clocks ticking, they discover that there is no suitable life-partner to be found.

Some, determined to have children anyway, resort to sperm banks. Single motherhood is on the rise, but this exacerbates the problem, for again, it leaves men out of the picture. This is clearly not good for the children—as many studies show—but it is not good for men or women, either.

The problem is clear, the solution less so. But Hymowitz finds encouragement in studies indicating that most pre-adult men and women still desire a family, even if they don’t know how to go about achieving it. Her advice: Women need to be more aware of their biological limitations (i.e., try to marry and have children sooner), and men, well, they need to grow up.

Being an unmarried man myself, I’m somewhat put off by the command to “man up” (naturally) but there really is a problem all around and I think this book hits the right notes.

Another book I’d recommend is Subverted: How I Helped the Sexual Revolution Hijack the Women’s Movement by Sue Ellen Browder.

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Here are some endorsements from authors, activists, and educators that regular Salvo readers will recognize.

Subverted offers a window into our uniquely disturbed historical era. Generations of readers will turn to Subverted when they want to know what turned the tide.”
— Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., Founder and President, the Ruth Institute

“Browder combines a compelling personal narrative with piercing observations from her work in women’s media, resulting in a book you can’t put down.”
— Jennifer Fulwiler, Author, Something Other Than God

Subverted is a game changer for our culture, and in particular, for women.”
— Abby Johnson, Author, Unplanned

“Here are two books, two stories in one. The first opens your heart, the second opens your eyes.”
— Peter Kreeft, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy, Boston College

AND of course Salvo has many articles on this topic. See below. But also, you should subscribe to Salvo! This topic will always be with us, and you can be sure that Salvo will be there to help us all think these things through.

Cashed Out
The War Against Sexual Order Has Young Men in Full Retreat
by Terrell Clemmons

Girl Watching
Raising Daughters in Troubled Times by Marcia Segelstein

Fem. Fatale
An interview with post-feminist author Carrie Lukas
by Bernard Chapin