Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Morality would be unnecessary if we lived in non-linear time


I don't get all my ideas from television. Just more of them than you.

For instance I don't need to understand Einstein's Theory of Relativity because I have Day Break.

The Taye Diggs nighttime thriller over on America's Broadcasting Company invites us to speculate on theories of ethics and morality from within its surreal world of Groundhog Day "do it over again and again" living.

The premise of the show is simple. Taye wakes every morning knowing that some bad shit is gonna happen and every action he makes has "consequences." The drub that last bit in you like you are a 4 year old. For every action there is a equal and opposite one. We get it already. Every action has consequences.

Unlike Hume I don't find cause and effect a very interesting problem. What I do find interesting is the moral ambiguity that is invoked by temporality. A sudden awareness that Digg's policeman character is allowed a "do-over" enables his hot tempered character to engage in cold blooded murder.

Is that why god thinks it is OK to burn us all in hell? Or allow 200,000 children to die in a flood?

If at the end of the day there are no consequences for actions are any actions immoral? That is the argument Dostoevsky makes for keeping god alive.

If those arguments are true, then God is not really moral. He lives beyond morality. So when God imposes his law upon us it is a bit of a rhetorical device more than an actual moral imperative.

I think serial killers experience time correctly in non-linear or Einsteinian relative fashion. It would explain why there are usually so darn smug.

2 comments:

Jezebelsriot said...

Taye Diggs is fucking sexxxy.

Romius T. said...

Sexy like Jelly!!!