Incest = No.
I don't like incest. It's morally wrong. It's wrong above all averages.
Here's the thing that confuses me. "morally wrong"?
Exactly, where do these morals come from?
Don't get me wrong, I'm not interested in incest, mainly because I too am fully intergrated into my society's norms...I'm a sheep, just like everyone else.
But this got me thinking. Morals? What defines our morals?
What makes something "morally wrong"?
Like Paddy and others before me have mentioned, what happens when two people (involved in incest) do not want to have children? Is it still wrong?
If so, why?
Just for the record, if someone replies to that with a "it just is" ...I'm going to beat you with a stick.
Recently in Philosophy we started our lectures on Ethics and Morals.
If we use reductionism in terms of "cultural relativism" to discuss this, the argument on incest being 'morally wrong' just goes out the window.
Consider the statement:
"Incest is morally wrong"
For this statement to be true, there must be something called 'incest' in the world, and this object must have the property of being 'morally wrong'.Incest = the act of having sexual relations with a person of one's immediate family.Morally wrong/ (wrong) = [using reductionism method] We can agree that something is 'wrong' when it causes unecessary pain and suffering.
In this case we should conclude that "Incest causes uncessary pain and suffering".
But is this true?
Not exactly. The people involved, may as well, be very happy together. As long as they aren't having children, they aren't really hurting anyone are they?
Then, according to common sense, if Incest isn't morally wrong, then it must be right then?Morally right = we can agree that something is right when it promotes happiness.
And this can be true in some cases. Maybe for the two parties involved in incest, being together DOES make them happy.
At the same time, society makes it not-so for them, and that should make them unhappy.
Hence, incest does NOT promote happiness.
So one should believe that it is MORALLY WRONG
But that just brings us right back to our first problem.
So you see, people, incest can not be defined as 'morally' anything. Humans in society define what is 'right' or 'wrong' in many absurd ways. It's all subject to individual perception.
BWHAHAHAH, yeh, so I pretty much just closed the door to the argument that Incest is 'morally wrong'. perhaps this will make this debate more interesting?
It also means if anyone still manages to post something about Incest being 'morally wrong', then we'll know they didn't bother to read anyone else's posts.
Of course, I'm only an amatuer philosopher-in-training, so I COULD be wrong. So feel free to rebuke my argument. =)