Join Ethics and Sociology Professor Alleged Lee Neutral and his undergraduate coexisters as they address the question: Why is Homicide Wrong?
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Professor Alleged Lee Neutral – OK class, on this anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks and with other mass murders in mind, we are going to divert from today’s somewhat planned lecture. I want to give each of you an opportunity to address the question, Why is Homicide Wrong?
Class Clown – What do you mean by “wrong?”
Diverse groans and suppressed laughter
Prof A.L.N – Shhh! He actually raises an excellent point! So in your forthcoming serious answers, please include what you mean by WRONG. Who will be first?
Garden Variety Secularist – The ideas of right and wrong have evolved to help us to endure as a society. A species that doesn’t kill its own individuals is more fit to survive.
Prof A.L.N – So you believe that right and wrong are pragmatic constructs?
G.V.S. – Pretty much. Morality is just a helpful trait which has developed in the human species. There are no ethical absolutes, all is relative.
Class Clown – So…it sounds like you are absolutely sure that there are no absolutes.
Both professor and class ignore the comment…but a few think about it, briefly…
Prof A.L.N – Then, G.V.S., you maintain that what is wrong today might become right tomorrow, if it helps our species survive under changed circumstances?
G.V.S. – Well, yeah, I guess that’s…er…right…
Class Clown – But it might be wrong again the day after tomorrow – am I right or wrong?
More groans, less laughter, but most people would rather die than think. Besides, who cares what a clown says?
Eeko Greene – You make a good point, friend G.V.S! For example, I have come to believe that anything which pollutes Mother Earth is WRONG. The health and welfare of the planet has been under increasing assault by human activity since the Industrial Revolution. Humanity is murdering the Earth!
I can’t deny that I personally do not want to be a homicide victim, but in the long term it will be good if our species goes the way of the dinosaur. The continuation of human society at all costs is wrong because it is a subordinate concern to the continued equilibrium of the global ecosystem.
Prof A.L.N – So maybe someday homicidal massacres will become good things? After all, they get rid of a lot of humans, no?
Eeko Greene – (with indignation) Well, of course I wouldn’t say THAT!
Prof A.L.N – Why not? Wouldn’t that be consistent with your long term view? If anthropogenic climate change threatens the Earth, and the welfare of the global ecosystem is paramount, then mass eliminations of the human parasites would be RIGHT, would they not? There’s lot of good fertilizer in mass graves!
Eeko Greene – offers no response
Prof A.L.N – Anyone else?
Marx the a-Theist – The concept of right and wrong is just an opiate, cleverly concocted by the oppressor class. It is a tool for controlling the masses. And when the universe ends in heat death, nothing that ever happened will have mattered. Actually, it doesn’t matter now. I find it liberating to face that and live my life like Sinatra sang: MY WAY. I look out for number one. Ultimately, taking another life or nurturing another life…love or hatred…have no meaning. We live, we die, end of story.
Eerie silence in the classroom as all sense the grim despair of the viewpoint just expressed…
Prof A.L.N – Anyone else?
Biblical Christian – If it is possible for anything at all to be wrong, obviously righteousness – the quality of being right – must be real. God is righteous. He made us human beings in His image, and therefore originally perfectly righteous like Him. But the human race did not continue as God made us. According to the Bible…
Lefty Adhominem (interrupting) – Gimme a break! Religion is the cause of more death and destruction than anything else in human history!
Prof A.L.N – Ms. Adhominem, I tend to agree with you, but please wait your turn, let him finish!
B.C. – False religion is behind much mischief and violence. But as I was saying, something happened which we call the Fall. Humanity rebelled against the Creator and became guilty before Him. Our natural state is no longer one of righteousness, but we are beset with a depraved corruption which extends to all of our being. In fact, false religion is just one symptom of that. Thankfully, our Creator has provided a way for us to be rescued and restored!
So WRONG is anything contrary to the standard of righteousness which God gave us. Homicide is wrong at all times and in all places and applies universally to all mankind because it is an assault on the image of God.
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Lefty Adhominem and a few others abruptly leave the class and head for the no free speech safety zone on campus, thus demonstrating that diversity and tolerance are a joke there.
B.C. is ordered to the Dean’s Office when he is reported as speaking offensively; his use of the term MANkind is offered as an example of his bigotry, and he is reprimanded.
The class clown later seeks out B.C., who tells him about Jesus and His Gospel, and the clown’s life is changed forever.
Previously published elsewhere, June 18, A.D. 2016