Religion aside, and deleting the first two, if the Eight Commandments had been proposed by some ancient pre-carnate version of FDR or other modern liberal, in a non-Christian orientation, and were based instead on having good feelings, a document that could be accepted by modern liberalism, we would be living in a very different world today. Imagine a world with no murder, no hatred, no stealing, no lying, no adultery,…don’t these sound like liberal platitudes? (except for that last one, you know, free sex, and all,…maybe the Seven Commandments,…but then the lack of infidelity would certainly make life more peaceful.) I like this version of “Imagine” better than John Lennon’s.
But alas, that is not the world we live in. Such gooey cliches don’t hold much sway over those intent on doing evil in the world. “Can’t we all just get along?” just doesn’t rule the day. Even morals sans God, morals based on community, the common good, won’t bring the wicked in line. Continue reading