Feelings can’t create justice

A society cannot maintain stability, much less create social justice, when its highest value is individual self-realization and when the individual defines himself by emotion. When the dignity of others is determined by their use to me (or lack of it), when treating them right becomes a matter of what will make me feel better at the moment, then no standard of common justice can stand. If society can accept as fact that a male is female (or vice versa) because of feelings, what other sexual feelings ultimately can be denied? If refusing to accept the validity of another person’s feelings is bigotry, whose feelings can be considered wrong? What is left but changeable public opinion to protect the weak and vulnerable from whatever predator wants them?

If you truly want a just, civilized society, there must be some standard of right and wrong that transcends the individual’s feelings and desires — even your own feelings and desires. What would that standard be? How would everyone agree to accept it?

If you can’t answer that question, what hope do you have to offer us for our children’s futures?

What is the basic problem?


About Mark Kelly

Jesus follower, Bible reader, husband/father/son/brother/uncle, rider, hiker, snapshooter
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One Response to Feelings can’t create justice

  1. David Guinn says:

    We seem to be a society that, above all else, “if it feels good, do it”. That quote is from the 60’s flower children. It seems we have come full circle.
    However, where does your rights end… at the point where your fist hits my nose?

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