By Frank Dappah
Updated 12:43 PM ET, Sat. September 5, 2020
This article is an excerpt from my new ( soon to be available) book: "' Zero to Sixty"
“It seems to me that the idea of a personal God is an anthropological concept which I cannot take seriously. I also cannot imagine some will or goal outside the human sphere... Science has been charged with undermining morality, but the charge is unjust. A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties and needs; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.” - Albert Einstein
The concept behind morality and/or what is deemed ethically sound does not differ from person to person. Culture or social norms, not even one’s religious belief system has any power over this idea - The idea of what is wrong and right.
Whether Atheist, Jewish, or Muslim, we all know when we have strayed from what we know within ourselves to by just and fair. We can often navigate the dynamics of morality just fine without much outside intervention in our early years. As toddlers, we all know to be inclusive, kind, happy, generous. and so on.
My guess is that our extraterrestrial overlords- God, Allah, Anu - made us this way to give future generations a head start on life. There are some parts of our psychological and emotional infrastructure that come with the packaging.
In “Death in the Afternoon”, Ernest Hemingway writes: “So far, about morals, I know only that what is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.” We don’t need a Priest or some Rabbi to remind us or guide us through the rights and wrongs of life.
Neither the pious nor the non-believer can deny a sense of dread and feelings of emptiness when we live a life devoid of service to others, kindness, and productivity.
The sloth claps back when their general disposition of laziness is even remotely mentioned. The glutton makes nothing but excuses and invests so much effort into trying to educate the rest of the world why thick is in, as opposed to devoting thyself to living a life that is challenging but healthier.
It is much easier to be "woke" online than it is to actually go out there and walk the talk that we talk of social media. It is super easy to be unapologetically black in your Facebook posts than it is to actually rethink the way we as black folks treat each other, in business, and in life.
Some of us engage in unethical behavior as a result of the existence of uneradicated/unmitigated adverse habits and/or temporary, situational circumstances. We all at one point or another have not lived up to what we know to be right.
In fact, if you ask me, most acts of callousness, selfishness, foolishness, and other not so great “nesses” have been as a result of our misguided “young” years, right? We do stupid, sometimes cruel, and shady things when we are young - During our teenage years and even sometimes, well into our twenties.
Scientists say this is because we are often still working on developing the parts of our brains that is tasked to regulate our take on risky behavior, action and reaction, consequences, and empathy.
As young folks, we can always make the “youth excuse" when asked to face the often adverse consequences of bad behavior. This is understandable to a point. The legal systems of most developed nations and territories take one’s age into account when dolling out punishment for one’s behavior, criminal or otherwise.
Some of us never actually grow out of this phase, though. My take is that most of the folks running around seemingly unaware of their own bad behavior/attitudes do so as a result of their lack of a deep understanding of the long-term effects of their efforts to stay young and act as such. We want to stay young and act like children do, for it is more