Greater Morality

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The Greater Morality accounts for the natural laws or general directions of the chronology - the irresistible and seemingly consistent flow that carries all temporal things along with it. These directions are particularly "divine" because they are inherently harmonious - they cannot know frustration, and those who would struggle against them will always fail. Whatever explanation is given of these divine forces, they must constitute something greater and less fickle than a mind or some other, familiar life-form. They do not exhibit any signs of deliberation or doubt; together they are more like the threads that run through all of time, the paths that lead us through all possibilities.

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 predictable directions. For example, gravity seem to apply to everything with mass in our region of reality, and in a consistent fashion. 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 degree of chance itself seems measurable and consistent.

We may take these apparent details from experience and use them to quickly sketch out an entertaining account of the divinities. If each law, such as attraction or repulsion, is a universal principle, then it lacks any special relationship with particular things. Although, it of course has a relationship with a broad class, such as spatial things. As noted, it does not deliberate or otherwise exhibit any doubt or potential like the sort that characterises humans and other contemplative creatures.

Further, these divinities are universal, they are not attached to particular spatial things. Even if they are limited to only certain regions of reality, they seem stitched into the very fabric of it, being more akin to a natural force that is full of certainty. For it isn't "more here" or "less there" at any moment; its influence or presence is found equally throughout its region and amongst the class of things it presses upon.

The breadth and certainty is what chiefly distinguishes the members of the Greater Morality from the Lesser Morality. For when we talk of the Lesser Morality, we might say something like "the man wants to kick a ball". The entities referenced are more limited and have a clearly distinct sort of constitution. Greater forces like Love and Strife are written into the very structure that such limited entities inhabit, and indeed are present throughout our bodies. Their inescapable and indomitable nature ensures that those of the Lesser Morality should seek to be in willful harmony with the divine.

Thanks to our understanding that all things are connected, we can accept that any sort of thing may influence any other sort of thing. The mere ontological presence of something, despite not having a spatial body or mass that we can identify, would be able to disturb or influence everything else. For the connection or relationship "is" something that we can use as a conduit of change regardless of how we wind up describing the divine.

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.

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 hierarchy. Maybe there is even a place for a Middle Morality, with agents of the laws. Taking chronology as a whole, Love and Strife might be said to take their turns: we can envision a world where all temporal things are bound together as tightly as possible by Love, whereupon inexorable change makes the only move it can, allowing Strife to triumph and direct everything outwards, until collapsing in again. How do we respond to the forces that literally and inevitably bring together and pull apart entire worlds.

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 mechanical processes they involve. 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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