Friday, 27 April 2007

Respect for the Dignity of Individuals

"A society that does not recognise that each individual has values of his own which he is entitled to follow can have no respect for the dignity of the individual and cannot really know freedom."

- F A Hayek, The Constitution of Liberty


1 comment:

zcer said...

The world is changing so fast, and morality is lagging behind. See the 2nd paragraph of this comment
I'm not a relativist, I just acknowledge that morality is more cultural than ppl would like to admit. In the future, the economy will reach a new level of distance from simple subsistence. And our current education system that focuses almost exclusively on technical knowledge would be considered very wrong, by those from the future. Perhaps it can now, but could the economy at the beginning of the industrial revolution support creativity as much as our economy can?

What i'm trying to say is, the libertarian morality is a result of our capitalist economy. And that fundamentalism is simply us refusing to adapt to this new socioeconomic environment.

What changes society? Simply the realization that its old norms cannot possibly persist if it wants to survive.

We are clinging to the NEP. Japan is clinging on to its whaling. Both will soon have to let go. Succumbing to the ratchet of "progress". The laws of physics are symmetrical forwards and backwards in time. Yet time has an arrow. Human beings will always have some form of morality. Yet morality also has an arrow.

We can be sure of one thing though. That fundamentalist morality is simply incompatible with the present.