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After the God that Failed

Discussing morality and politics, it is said, is like discussing vegetarianism with cannibals. Much of the public, it seems, thinks this way--for good reason. Moral principles and moral obligations in today's political/economical realm have undoubtedly gone astray, unashamedly displaced by the interests of profit and power.

The implications are clear. In today's world, "order" reflects a balance of interests that is maintained mainly by force--be it military or financial. But something other than this "order of the barracks" is possible. Think of it as the order of the church choir, where individual members cooperate on the basis of a shared culture and values.

One reason for the complete absence of values in "power politics" nowadays is that leaders get away with speaking words whose true meaning they leave out of their policies. Moreover, secular spiritual leaders like Gandhi, Schweitzer, and King have vanished, annihilated it seems by our new fetishes--success, expediency, gain, and special interests.

Of course, the so-called civilized world never managed to create a living utopia. Efforts to do so usually ended disastrously. As someone born in the old Soviet Union, I know firsthand the despair and brutality of such attempts.