By Sidney Axinn
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That group is the majority of our fellow citizens. The moral question is then ob- Morality / 19 vious: Which act would be most useful to the majority? The use, the utility in producing happiness for that group, is to decide all serious questions. Immediately one asks, “Why just a majority of one nation? ” or “Why prefer just one nation? ” Perhaps the utilitarians— those who hold this social utility position—will eventually agree that a majority of all humanity is their ultimate reference group.
26 Santayana’s view is that religion is to be understood, enjoyed, and used just as great poetry should be understood, enjoyed, and used. ” What advantages does religion have in such a view? The advantages are the assertion of the limits of man and the hope of absolute good in the world. The ability to express these matters poetically may, on occasion, be a basis for maintaining sanity. ”28 To have a way of referring to a standard beyond that of one’s government, or of any immediate human demand, is to have something most valuable morally.
Here we refer not merely to the choice between alternative religious texts, such as the Koran for Islam or the Old and the New Testaments for Jews and Christians, but also the matter of translations that purport to be the same text. For example, the Ten Commandments in the Hebrew Scriptures are not translated into English in the same way by all those concerned. 23 These two translations are certainly not equivalent; “Thou shalt not kill” would seem to require strict pacificism, and there are those who understand it that way, refusing to serve in the armed forces of their countries.
A Moral Military by Sidney Axinn