Two kinds of morality
Posted: 08 July 2013 03:26 PM   [ Ignore ]
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TWO KINDS OF MORALITIES, MARXIST VERSUS THEOLOGICAL

I am reading interesting comments about communist morality, in a book devoted to Judaism, published in 1975. The authors are two rabbis, D. Prager and J. Telushkin. A Christian theologian would probably make similar observations.

Marxists and theologians, they write, “are both motivated by the desire to perfect the world and establish a utopia on earth. ... Both promote all-encompassing worldviews. But they diametrically oppose one another in almost every other way.” The authors remind us that communists rejected “all morality derived from nonhuman [i.e. God] and nonclass concepts,” as stated in 1920 by Lenin. ... “Marxist morality sanctions any act so long as that act was committed in the interest of [economic and political] class struggle.” Nothing that Stalin, and Mao did was immoral, according to such ideology.

Theologians, on the other hand, hold “that morality transcends economic, national, and individual interests.” God’s commandments are objective rather than subjective. Evil human acts are condemned, no matter what economic or political gains are derived from them. That is the essential difference. Greed in human nature, they emphasize, “may have helped create capitalism, but capitalism did not create greed in human nature.”

Theologians also deplore social injustice. But they reject brutal proletarian revolutions because “the roots of evil and injustice lie not in economics or society but in man himself.” This has to do with the concept of freedom. “For Marxism, which conceives of the world in materialist terms, bondage is defined solely as servitude to external sources such as slave owners, capitalist bosses, or other forms of material inequality. Freedom is liberation from such servitude.” People, as stated in the Communist Manifesto, written by Marx and Engels, must get rid of economic chains binding them. Then they will automatically cease to be evil.

Theologians, on the other hand, see two kinds of liberation, from external and from internal bonds. “Once liberation from external servitude takes place, one must then liberate oneself from internal domination, the domination of one’s life by passions, needs, irrationality and wants.”  The conflict between theologians and Marxists “is not economic, it is moral.” Proletarian dictatorship was practiced in several countries; the results show that “when Marxist revolutionaries attain power they are at least as crual as their predecessors.”

Philosophical differences about morality, among different kinds of theologians, are minimal, as far as I know. But attempts to impose morality are not very successful. Why is it so? What can be done to improve the situation, to bring our reality a little closer to “utopia” dreams?

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Ludwik Kowalski (see Wikipedia), a retired nuclear physicist from New Jersey, USA. A am also the author of a FREE ONLINE book: “Diary of a Former Communist: Thoughts, Feelings, Reality.”

http://csam.montclair.edu/~kowalski/life/intro.html

It is an autobiography based on a diary kept between 1946 and 2004 (in the USSR, Poland, France and the USA).

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Posted: 08 July 2013 04:08 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I have heard that Lenin on his death bed said that what Russia needed was seven Franciscans. If this is true then you will eventually discover Catholic Francis’s theology was to emulate Christ. He received the stigmata of the crucifixion as an indicator he was on the right track.

I’m no favourite of Lenin, but it would seem he got this right. It must be refreshing to discover that Lenin eludes to the one True solution that solves Russia’s troubles,  Catholic Theology.

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Posted: 11 July 2013 08:29 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Sorry Spence, I am 180 on your thinking.

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Posted: 12 July 2013 05:43 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I have heard that Lenin on his death bed said that what Russia needed was seven Franciscans. If this is true then you will eventually discover Catholic Francis’s theology was to emulate Christ. He received the stigmata of the crucifixion as an indicator he was on the right track.

I’m no favourite of Lenin, but it would seem he got this right. It must be refreshing to discover that Lenin eludes to the one True solution that solves Russia’s troubles,  Catholic Theology.

Please show evidence where Lenin made mention of ANYTHING of a religious nature, he was an atheist to the end and had no interest in religion in general. surely his wife would have mentioned it. He had suffered a stroke BTW and said nothing to anyone except to indicate to his wife to send his testament warning of a split in the Party and to watch out for Josef Stalin. those were undoubtly the only things on his mind at the time. If he had earlier made any remark of this nature it would have been used as irony.


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