Fandango’s Provocative Question #3 — Revisited


Today is move day and, no doubt, my day will be focused on getting my shit together in the new house once the movers deliver, so once again, I hope you won’t mind a rerun of Fandango’s Provocative Question #3 from November 28, 2018.

Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question. By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

So without further delay, this week’s provocative question is:

“Is morality objective or is it subjective? If you believe it’s objective, what is its source? If you believe it’s subjective, how do you know whose concept of morality is correct?”

If you choose to participate, write a post with your response to the question. Once you are done, tag your post with #FPQ and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

And most important, have fun.

11 thoughts on “Fandango’s Provocative Question #3 — Revisited

  1. James Pyles February 5, 2020 / 6:13 am

    You first? 😀 By the way, what is this move I’m hearing about. Don’t tell me you’re leaving San Francisco.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango February 5, 2020 / 11:05 pm

      Yep, I’m spending my first night in the East Bay, not far from Walnut Creek.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. ajeanneinthekitchen February 5, 2020 / 1:48 pm

    I think it is both. There are certain moral codes that are followed by society, but then everyone has to follow their own personal moral code as well. The two are often intertwined, but they do not have to be.


  3. James Pyles February 6, 2020 / 7:04 am

    Any objective moral guide you choose, such as the Bible or Koran, will be considered subjective both within a particular theology, because there are differences in specific interpretation, and outside of those theologies, say by atheists, because they don’t believe in an objective, supernatural source. That said, even atheists learn “morality” based on some source, though not supernatural. Which then leaves said atheist relying on subjective, relativistic standards of right and wrong.

    The late SciFi author Mike Resnick’s short story (later developed into a novel) Kirinyaga, deals with a conflict with a culture living on a terraformed world based on Massei culture in conflict with “Maintenance,” the more westernized overseers of all the terraformed worlds. It’s a matter of “right” vs “wrong” but based on cultural mores and traditions, should the Maasei do something that Maintenance considers “wrong,” should the Massei change that, for allowing the westerners control over one tradition could lead to the destruction of the Maasei, once again, as a people.


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