ED­I­TO­RIAL Hu­mans, re­li­gious or athe­ist, have morals: Hu­man spirit com­pul­sory to end im­moral­ity

Daily Messenger - - National -

RELI­GION, ac­cord­ing to world­wide con­tentions, for self pro­claimed re­li­gious peo­ple is a re­form­ing fac­tor lead­ing to con­cepts of rights, moral­ity and ac­count­abil­ity in eter­nal life or Hereafter, just like the laws of the land in this tem­po­rary world and tran­sient short life. Is reli­gion with crav­ing for heaven and fear of hell nec­es­sary for moral­ity? Most peo­ple be­lieve in that. Without con­cepts of rights and wrongs, judge­ment day and ac­count­abil­ity, with heaven as re­wards for good deeds and hell as a re­ward for bad ones, in­di­vid­ual or col­lec­tive jus­tice and moral­ity makes lit­tle sense. Adef­i­nite con­cept of re­ward and pun­ish­ment makes peo­ple be­have more prop­erly, though their lev­els of be­lief may vary to lesser or greater ex­tent, as their say­ing and do­ing shows it. It is not a set of "rules to fol­low, or else" - it is a hu­man be­lief and a di­vine re­la­tion­ship, with the One who made the Uni­verse, the Earth, and all of us. No one wants the re­sults of sin, but all are happy to par­tic­i­pate in evil: Only a stronger be­lief and re­la­tion with God is ab­so­lutely nec­es­sary to live the right way.

SOME in­di­vid­u­als may still come up with what is moral and what is im­moral, each with dif­fer­ent ver­sions. A high­est author­ity like God may be an an­swer to unify a code of moral con­duct uni­ver­sally. An­other ar­gu­ment is that all moral­ity is based on con­se­quences. All things be­ing equal, plea­sure is bet­ter than pain, life is bet­ter than death, health is bet­ter than ill­ness. The mur­der rate in Ja­pan is one of the low­est in the world. That is not be­cause ev­ery­one is Bud­dhist. In fact, most Ja­panese are not fol­low­ers. Nor­way has very low rates of pris­on­ers re-of­fend­ing and that is not be­cause there are more re­li­gious peo­ple there than Amer­ica. It is be­cause of spe­cific poli­cies. So reli­gion is not the only force needed to make peo­ple moral and stop peo­ple com­mit­ting bad acts, but it is still more ef­fec­tive one, if prop­erly pro­moted and im­ple­mented.

THERE are 2.5 bil­lion non-re­li­gious peo­ple on Earth, and not all are im­moral. In fact, most are moral. Moral­ity comes from within which was/is es­tab­lished through so­ci­etal in­ter­ac­tions. As so­ci­ety grew and so­cial in­ter­ac­tions be­came more com­plex those that op­er­ated with moral­ity were bet­ter able to co­ex­ist and thus thrive while oth­ers failed.

IT'S said that re­li­gious peo­ple in­cite ver­bal quar­rels and vi­o­lent be­hav­ior, lead­ing to per­ma­nent state of war without peace. If you are not re­li­gious at all, it's not as if you don't have morals. That is not true at all. Re­li­gious peo­ple also aren't al­ways moral, like some non re­li­gious ones. Some­times it's seen and proved that even athe­ists and hu­man­ists and other non-re­li­gious peo­ple have high hu­man morals, of­ten more than the morals of the re­li­gious peo­ple. Many re­li­gious peo­ple are im­moral and in­vite oth­ers to moral­ity. At least non-re­li­gious peo­ple do not de­fame reli­gion like that.

LESSONS like th­ese are too many here for re­li­gious peo­ple to learn. If re­li­gious peo­ple and their lead­ers were bet­ter than non re­li­gious peo­ple, then a re­li­gious gov­er­nance with moral­ity would be more in pol­i­tics and rule than non re­li­gious gov­ern­ments without morals. All that is nec­es­sary for moral­ity is good in­ten­tion and prob­a­bly some form of com­mu­nity sup­port or eth­i­cal frame­work. That can be from a reli­gion, or oth­er­wise. In fact, many im­moral things have been done through­out his­tory in the name of some reli­gion or other. But truly re­li­gious peo­ple with good acts, rather than bad ones, fol­low­ing a true Is­lam without dis­tor­tions, are a lot bet­ter than non re­li­gious peo­ple of equal stature in ed­u­ca­tion, abil­ity and char­ac­ter, for a sim­ple rea­son that re­li­gious peo­ple fear God and con­cept of hell for bad deeds in Hereafter. Many de­bate on a highly likely truth that if a coun­try like Pak­istan made in the name of reli­gion had re­li­gious lead­ers moral enough to spir­i­tu­ally lead this na­tion, there would be a re­li­gious rul­ing sys­tem with (now ab­sent) moral­ity and without present cor­rup­tion in Pak­istan to­day.

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