Greater Morality

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The Greater Morality accounts for the natural laws or shape of the chronology - the seemingly universal, irresistible, and consistent flow that carries all temporal things along the persistent and ordered path of time. The laws and their source are termed "divine", for they constitute the broadest part of morality. Whatever explanation is given of the divine, it must involve something greater and less fickle than a mind or some other, familiar life-form. For no narrow or fickle thing could reliably produce such broad and consistent order. The divine agents that constitute the Greater Morality must be able to account for, or otherwise represent, the supreme directions that we all experience.

The Way has been identified with the directions of Change. In regards to Change, two particular aspects were identified: the relationship between the instances or durations of time, and the energy or dynamism that characterises the relationship. The discussion of the energy was left to Theology, where it was split into Greater and Lesser sections. Note that we also have exhibits in the works that deal with this specifically; our team is working to help us all understand our presence and experience of time.

It is easy enough to simply declare that there are inexorable, universal, and consistent types of change. After all, we experience the flow of time regardless of our will, and that flow involves set directions. Directions like gravity seem to apply to everything around us, and they seem consistent. Even if we assume that there is a degree of chance or "swerve" in every little change, or posit that different eras are subject to different flows of time and direction, still the chance and the eras are ultimately part of a consistent, overall system that is itself coherent and reliable.

We may take these apparent details from experience and use them to craft an account of the divinities. If each law, such as attraction or repulsion, is a universal principle or aspect, then it has a certain omnipresence throughout Change and lacks special association with particular parts or creatures. Whether we say that it involves a controlled degree of random swerves or not, it does not appear to deliberate or otherwise exhibit any philosophical reason like the sort that characterises humans and other contemplative creatures.

As noted, these divinities are universal, so they have no particular temporal body. To have no particular body, but rather a perfect presence throughout Change, would account for the consistency. For it isn't "more here" or "less there" at any moment; its influence or presence is found equally throughout. Therefore, it has a special sort of temporal relationship to particulars that is different from that found in the Lesser Morality.

That special relationship is also a defining point of the divinities. For when we talk of the Lesser Morality, we might say something like "a man kicked the ball". Both the man and the ball are relative and particular temporal things. Yet with a divinity we cannot point to a particular body, so we cannot rely on this sort of relationship to describe its influence; Love and Strife are written into the structure or shape of Change.

One does not need to have a particularised presence in order to influence other particular things, though. Rather, its mere presence can disturb or influence everything that is connected to the dimension of Change. For that connection or relationship "is" something. Taken together, the divinities constitute an amalgamation that is spread throughout the entire temporal plane, and the things that exist throughout the plane are characterised and influenced by this presence.

As was noted, divinities like Love and Strife do not pay heed to the partial, relative directions of the Lesser Morality. So while their directions represent the most consistent, pure, and eternal good, they are a sort of good that will grind us to dust just as surely as it will reconstitute us. Therefore humans seek to harmonise themselves with the divine.

In regards to the number of these divinities, that remains subject to dispute. There may well be as many divinities as there are consistent laws that go into directing Change. Further, certain laws seem more evident in certain scenarios or arrangements, which speaks to some sort of internal set of relationships or hierarchy. Perhaps Love and Strife take their turns: we might envision a world where all temporal things are bound as tight as possible by Love, whereupon inexorable change makes the only move it can and allows Strife to direct everything outwards. At any rate, we will do our best to march towards the answer.

Physicists and engineers have an important role in the discussion of the divinities, for they dedicate great effort to understanding the phenomena of the natural laws and what practical concerns they raise. Other individuals may also offer valuable contributions, such as programmers. It is sufficient at this point to have introduced you to the divinities and their role in morality.

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