One of the things that disturbs me most in life are double standards. I’m sure I’ve probably employed double standards myself at times, no doubt in times of selfishness, and so I’m not without needing some accountability on this as well.
Some double standards rock the very core of morality. Here is a double standard that is beyond my understanding of human reasoning.
When Life Begins
Renown atheist and biologist Richard Dawkins, when questioned on the origin of life on earth, said …
“We know the kind of event it must have been, we know the sort of event that must have happened for the origin of life. It was the origin of the first self-replicating molecule.”
At a later date, Mr. Dawkins tweeted …
“With respect to those meanings of ‘human’ that are relevant to the morality of abortion, any human fetus is less human than an adult pig.”
So, if this does not qualify as being a double standard in Mr. Dawkins opinion, then he must feel that the origin of life on earth was precious and necessary for all life on earth to exist, except for any human fetus.
Talk show celebrity and atheist Bill Maher stated a similar opinion about the morality of abortion on his show “Politically Incorrect” a few years back, saying …
“I have no doubt that a bunch of goo is not a baby.”
To me, if you are an atheist, you subscribe to the belief that life itself began in the proverbial “primordial goo” in its lowest form, and then evolved eventually into all life, and ultimately to a human form. You also must believe that morals were either inherent in all life or somehow evolved on their own and most certainly were not in their origins taught to us.
So, random life sprung forth, preciously improbable, and evolved into a higher order of morality that supports the destruction of its own progeny. To me, this “postmodern morality” is in essence saying “The naturalistic origin of life itself is precious and thanks to it and evolution, I exist. But, against the laws of nature, against any survival instinct, I reserve the right to destroy it if that life springs forth inside me at my inconvenience. So… to help me feel better about myself, then I now deny that this fetus inside me is actually a human life.”
Do you not find that to be an extreme double-standard?