Friday, March 14, 2008

Whose Morality & Rationality?

X donated RM50 to charity. Y saw that and told X that doing charity is good but donating RM50 is too much.

But X actually feels that she had just did a little. In fact she feels guilty for not being able to donate more because she knows that later she will be spending money at the cinema.

To Y, X has done a good yet should-not-have-done thing. Yet X feels that what she has done isn't really 'good' since she is guilty for didn't do more, which she is capable of.

So, whose morality is right or better?

And interestingly, X is a Christian. She knows what is real 'charity' (agape). It is as epitomized by Jesus' self-sacrificial love.

3 comments:

The Inquisitor said...

"...the duty of the Christian is not to leave this world a better place. His duty is to leave this world a better man"

Roger Scruton

Anonymous said...

the only way to one if one is a better man is the fruit of one's life expressed in the society which one lived in.

Can I even have any claim to be a good man if I leave without any mark of charity to a loveless world, without showing hope to a world without hope, without making a difference and demonstrating that another way than all these evil is possible.

Jack

The Inquisitor said...

"Can I even have any claim to be a good man if I leave without any mark of charity to a loveless world, without showing hope to a world without hope, without making a difference and demonstrating that another way than all these evil is possible."

This assumes of course, that good deeds corresponds to positive effects in our sin corrupted world, and that the world is amendable to good. But I believe, a lot of our good intended good actions results in a worse world. Witness Moses' request to Pharaoh to let his people go only resulted in the worsening working conditions for the Hebrews. And it was only by God's direct intervention that the Israelites were delivered.

In our sin fallen world, good deeds and good intended actions normally lead to worse consequences for the world. A lot of our "well-intentioned" efforts normally have unforseen bad consequences for the world. Our world is no longer "wired" to respond well to good actions.

So yes, you can be a good man, and make the world a worse place with your good actions.