The more a person strives for goodness, the less freedom of choice they will have.
AUSTIN, Texas (PRWEB) July 13, 2012
Socrates once said, “Ordinary people seem not to realize that those who really apply themselves in the right way to philosophy are directly and of their own accord preparing themselves for dying and death.” Socrates believed in the existence of the soul before and after human life, and so does author Warren Sharpe. He however believes that philosophy is the very essence of one’s life, preparing one for the next day of life, never mind death. His new book, “Philosophy for the Serious Heretic: The Limitations of Belief and the Derivation of Natural Moral Principles” (published by iUniverse) shows readers why this is so, helping readers navigate a course through the extremes and confusion of modern life, the history of belief, the adventures of gaining awareness, and the pursuit of justice.
“Socrates was right about much, but also wrong about much,” he says. Socrates taught “The only good is knowledge, and the only evil is ignorance.” Sharpe argues that the implications of this bad idea are enormous, that it is utterly false, that it strips both good and evil of their true qualities, that it is behind many of the errors of modern philosophy, and that it is deeply embedded within modern liberalism. It also contains the seeds of intellectual tyranny, as those in government who claim higher knowledge try to enslave us or control every aspect of our lives, as is happening now in America and elsewhere.
When asked to summarize “Philosophy for the Serious Heretic”, Sharpe put it simply, saying succinctly, “natural moral philosophy.” He says that humans are free and equal only in their moral potential for goodness or evil and that the moral quality of one’s choices makes them morally unequal, something he says everyone needs to recognize. “The more a person strives for goodness, the less freedom of choice they will have,” he explains. “Further, many people will always choose evil, thereby making their lives destructive and worthless to the rest of us, and we must all learn how to deal firmly with them.”
An excerpt from “Philosophy for the Serious Heretic”:
“Goodness is a category of thoughts (hidden from direct observation) composed of Knowledge, Love, and Justice in equal parts and equal priority, and the goal of goodness is the highest level of survival for the one, the few, and the many. But to actually accomplish goodness in the world, good thoughts must be acted upon. Thinking must lead to doing, or it accomplishes nothing.”
“Everyone is a heretic to some degree,” Sharpe says, “in their thoughts, whether public or private. Everyone faces the same moral difficulties in life. Everyone disagrees with one moral doctrine or another. But to improve our lives and our society, we must find more agreement, not less. This is the dilemma of the heretic.”
About the Author
From an early age, Warren Sharpe ached for the truth, and actively sought it. From religion he turned to philosophy. Two college degrees taught him much about the world; seven years in the U.S. Army taught him more about himself. He now has his own business, hunts, fishes, travels and rides dirt bikes and mountain bicycles to unwind.
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