The Soldiers of the One base their sense of moral superiority over the polytheists on the grounds that their ‘one true god’ gives them a unified, unchanging standard of right and wrong; but this is a purely subjective morality. If this single source decides that killing tens of thousands of innocent people is justified to further its cause, then such an act would become ‘moral’ by that standard. A democratized standard of morality, by contrast, would tend to favor the common good. While individuals would still drift, have emotions, or change their opinions; such changes would not cause radical changes to the moral contract, as they would be offset by the principals of the population as a whole.
Polly Walker has played a number of matronly characters in genre TV series. She played the religious schoolmarm/ terrorist Clarice Willow in Caprica; the leader of Hollow Earth, Ranna, in Sanctuary, and the scheming Atia of the Julii in Rome. … Continue reading →
It is said that the appeal of the ‘One True God’ is in his absolute moral authority. People do bad things because, with a pantheon of gods, they are free to pick and choose the one that will accept whatever proclivities they may have. But true morality can not be derived from a single watchmen. After all, morality is what you do when no one is watching.