Evil as a Social Construct
The random acts of violence in our society demonstrates how desperately wicked we are. What profoundly sad news this week from both coasts. When people in the news ask why? My question in return is why not? If we have no ultimate standard to appeal to in our society, and are simply left to our own self-declared authority, then how is a massacre any different than a day at the beach? I am not claiming that I am any better or beyond evil, since I share in the same fallen humanity, but the Law of God acts as a restraint, and if it is not taught to our children then we are abusing them and are more likely to grow up despairing in the meaninglessness of it all, so why not be bad? What is bad anyway if there is no real truth, but a social construct and nothing more.
A revealing quote from a leading atheist speaks volumes:
"The universe that we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but pitiless indifference." Richard Dawkins, God's Utility Function, Scientific American, p 85, November 1995 ...Consistency demands, then, that we should be indifferent to all so-called "evil" events, including the events that transpired this week. This bleak and inconsistent worldview, I believe, has played a large part in taking us down the road to the meaningless destination to which we have arrived ... with no inherent right or wrong and where no action is necessarily preferable to any other, giving rise to an environment where life has no objective meaning, purpose, or intrinsic value. Of course, not one atheist or nihilist can live consistently under this idea, demonstrating that they know, in their heart of hearts, that objective meaning really exists.