What if we combined Schroedinger’s cat with Santa Claus? Would Santa Claus only exist if we believed in him in that moment? Would he only exist for those who believed in him? If so, would non-believers ever receive any coal in their stockings? Then, let’s go one step further with this line of reasoning. If Santa Claus only existed if we believed in him, what would it mean for those who did not believe in God/Allah? How could we either blame or praise anyone if they simply did not share our same beliefs?
At the very least, one has to admit that one crucial or essential function of time is to provide an abstract or socially-constructed measure of change (i.e. change in either motion, function, or composition). Time measures a change in motion (i.e. location/speed), function (i.e. increased efficiency or disfunction), or composition (potential emergent properties). At its most direct: wherever a change takes place, time must exist in order for humans to comprehend it. Timelessness is too abstract and removed from our daily experiences.
If human beings had entirely different body forms, our morality would be entirely different. If we were spirits, for instance, it seems difficult to say if murder would still be possible and, if it was, how it would take place. Would it be just as painful? Would we feel it at all as spirits or ghosts or phantasms? From this, a general principle seems to emerge: morality is, at least partially, dependent upon the corporeal forms or functions of the organisms involved.
Tagged: Christmas, Fairy Tales, Human Morality, Motion, Newton's Laws of Motion, Newtonian Physics, Ontology, Santa Claus
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