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Morality

BY HAMMOUDI ABDELWAHAB

Man's evolution tends to his moral perfection, which is the beauty. It is an eminently aesthetic tendency. At the climax of his evolution, man becomes the support of a moral value. Rather say, that the human being is, in the end, a moral value.

Man is a medium. He is a biological substratum to abstracted values that are morals. The moral value is an aesthetic value. The finality of the human evolution is of a moral order, and therefore, inevitably aesthetic.

The degree of perfection of humanity is the function of the number of artists composing it. An artist is anyone who performs a highly skilled activity, whatever his domain of activity. He does nothing but sublimates the crude basic animal instincts of man. It is in this way that man improves himself. He becomes the best of Godís creatures.

Thatís why at the human level, the concept ďbestĒ can have only a moral meaning. Otherwise it becomes racism. Racism is just this: we establish judgments of value, from which point of view we tend to convince ourselves, that we are the best. This amounts to depreciating other people in some way or another.

To have the right to judge someone, it is necessary to be better than him. Having this pretension annihilates all modesty, the sentiment which alone, guaranties an objective vision of others. The other feelings, from megalomania to paranoia, are deforming glasses.

We can valorize a human being among his alike, only by putting forward his moral values, not his race or his social status. When we want to valorize the human act, we have recourse to the moral scale, not to anything else. There are valorizing functions because of moral - and the first moralized functions were that of the Prophets. They were the first to sublimate their peopleís evil-doing into unconditional forgiveness and love. They knew that life is the expression of love itself and that only hatred can destroy it.

In fact, can we conceive any creation to be other than an act of love? And God, if He has created this world, it is certainly not in a sadistic perspective. What makes the magnitude of God is His respect for His creature: man. He has created him free, and this liberty begins for him with the right to make mistakes and its corollary: the possibility to redeem and thus to evolve.

The divine message, religion, is an ideal to reach. It is an orientation for the humanity that tends to the best, to its moral perfection, a constantly pursued and never reached goal. All Prophets came to perfect virtues of the morality. They were all an offered mercy.

The danger lies in the fact of modeling religion with oneís defects, ignorance and complexes, and then putting forward the obtained result as a model of behavior to others. And here greed comes to complicate things. Greed moves people. Greed has succeeded even in making out of any religion a flourishing business.

Religion, any religion, would earn much in remaining what fundamentally it is: A message of beauty, comprehension, tolerance, orientation, simplicity and much more important, a way of hope. True religion does not suit with worldly advantages.

Isnít it high time, then, to declare all religions, a common patrimony of the humanity?

Since all of them have as a first commandment, the love God and as the second one, the love of our fellow men. And loving our fellow men can be summarized in these commandments (the ten):

  • Thou shalt not kill.
  • Thou shalt not commit adultery. 
  • Thou shalt not steal.
  • Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
  • Thou shalt not covet any thing that is thy neighbor's.

Our fellow man is a sacred creature, isnít he?!

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