Theists have a monochrome view of morality, as we saw in “War! What is it good for?….” some things are not inherently immoral, and even immoral actions can have beneficial long term consequences, the world is Technicolor, not Monochrome. Having thought about the negative consequences of a Black or White view of morality I have tried to imagine a world where nobody lies, the Theists idea of Heaven.
Lets imagine some scenarios…
“Mindful of smoking’s negative impact on surgical outcomes and wary of liability, some doctors are refusing to operate on patients unless they quit smoking,”
Daytona Beach News
In the Theist world. A woman walks into the Doctors office, she complains about being short of breath, “Do you smoke?” asks the Doctor, “Yes” the woman replies, “you will have to give up smoking before I treat you or I will be wasting my time, can you do that?” the woman shakes her head, “I don’t have the willpower to give up smoking.” she says honestly. “Well in that case I can’t treat you, there are plenty of people needing my help who will benefit more from the treatment.” He shows her the door, six months later she is dead from cancer.
In the real world. A woman walks into the Doctors office, she complains about being short of breath, Do you smoke?” asks the Doctor, “Yes” the woman replies, “You know that isn’t good for you, you should give up.” the Doctor says examining her chest, “I’ll do that Doctor.” she says. He nods and takes a blood sample, after her surgery the woman has a complete recovery, two years later she comes to see him again with another infection and she still smokes, he prescribes antibiotics.
The woman lied, and as a consequence she lived and her husband and children were not deprived of a wife and mother.
Theist world. A young child asks their father, “Is there a Santa?” the father replies, “No, he doesn’t exist, me and your mother have to put ourselves into debt to buy you and your brothers and sisters presents every year and we are sick of it.” The child runs away crying and grows up mentally scared.
The real world. A young child asks their father, “Is there a Santa?” the father replies “Of course there is, who do you think brings the presents at Christmas?” The child goes to sleep happy and expectant.
The Father lies, and the child has many more years of happiness and innocence.
Theist world. A man has Alzheimer’s disease, he has told his wife he does not want to go though the living death his father suffered and makes her promise to help him die if he should succumb. When he is found dead the police question her. “How did your husband die?” “I fed him alcohol and and paracetamol, enough to kill him, he asked me to.” The police arrest her, and after her trial she is killed by lethal injection, her son and daughter mourn their parents, both of them.
Real world. A man has Alzheimer’s disease, he has told his wife he does not want to go though the living death his father suffered and makes her promise to help him die if he should succumb. When he is found dead the police question her. “How did your husband die?” “I think he found a bottle of Black Bush that was left over from when he was well, and he must have taken too many of his pain killers, he has a bad back, but with his condition he forgets how many he has taken, between that and the drink, it was a tragic accident.” The police man gives her a Hug, at the funeral She and her children bid a loving husband and father farewell, grateful that he never suffered.
The woman lied and her husband was spared years of living trapped in a living hell, she gets to live out the rest of her life and their children only lose one parent.
A world without lies, my idea of hell.