This is another one of the most popular videos on the RZIM youtube page:
The questioner asks, “Why are you so afraid of subjective moral reasoning?” He illustrates his point: “China is secular. They’re not raping or pillaging, and neither are we.”
Some notes from the video:
Ravi starts by asking, “Do you lock your door at night?” The questioner laughs and says, “Yea. Sure.”
- I hear what you’re saying. It sounds very cavalier though.
- Do you know who has killed more people in the 20th century than China and Russia? 60 million apiece. Wow. It makes the Holocaust seem tame. The 20th century became the bloodiest century in history. And the reason it became the bloodiest century in history is you can see the weapons of our warfare piling up and there was no guiding principle to take us anywhere.
- In a perfect world, we don’t need to be afraid.
- I don’t think the question is fairly stated as what are you afraid of, I am just saying it is basically unliveable.
- The fact of the matter is if morality is purely subjective than you have absolutely nothing for stopping anybody for being a subjective moralist, to just zing one through your forehead and say, ‘that’s my answer.’
- If you’re willing to say to me that moral reasoning can be purely subjective, I just say to you, ‘look out, you ain’t see nothing yet if everybody believed what you did.’
- Subjective morality would be good if we all wanted to be nice people…But the reason you lock your doors, and the reason we have our police, and military, and law courts, is because when subjective morality becomes totally subjectivized, this [mass killings in societies like the former Soviet Union] is what happens in our society.
- Why do you think this video is so popular?
- What do you see as the appeal of subjective moral reasoning?
- What are some creative and interesting ways that you have persuaded people they need to find an absolute basis for morality?