Webster’s (1828) defines morality:
MORAL’ITY, noun The doctrine or system of moral duties, or the duties of men in their social character; ethics.
The system of morality to be gathered from the writings of ancient sages, falls very short of that delivered in the gospel.
1. The practice of the moral duties; virtue. We often admire the politeness of men whose morality we question.
2. The quality of an action which renders it good; the conformity of an act to the divine law, or to the principles of rectitude. This conformity implies that the act must be performed by a free agent, and from a motive of obedience to the divine will. This is the strict theological and scriptural sense of morality But we often apply the word to actions which accord with justice and human laws, without reference to the motives form which they proceed.
Whether one chooses scriptural, legal-justice or a social-ethical perspective, most of us have a general idea of what passes for good, and what is not so good as to be considered evil, or immoral.
Whether or not this standard can be extended to nation states is less clear to me. All nation states today are, in fact, corporations, doing what all corporations do, by definition. Herein lies the dilemma. Most unsuspecting citizens of a country believe in some sort of government that provides benefits to its people. All benefits come at a cost. In most cases that cost is some form of slavery, or loss of liberty/freedom — paid voluntarily. In the US of A today, most all of its citizens have lost everything, including their soul, to debt, false belief, blind obedience, and an unusual conformity without being fully conscious of any of it. This generally describes the condition called enslavement.
Countries like the U.S. enslave other countries, claiming it’s good for its citizens, however brainwashed, or unconscious they may be. But in some weird, twisted way, we trust Big Brother.
Iran doesn’t seem to want any of this, and resists. Anyone, or any country who resists what the U.S. declares as “normal” is obviously a “terrorist” and must be vanquished.
Caitlin Johnstone’s excellent piece explores this issue in much more depth by applying some logic to the incoherent message coming from our leaders of late.
“We want Iran to simply behave like a normal nation,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a press statement the other day. “We believe that the sanctions we imposed today further that strategic objective.”
What a way to begin the new year/decade. Enjoy.