Practically Objective Morality

People are fine with living under rules such as, “It’s not okay to kill people.” But then somebody always throws out a counterexample, such as, “Well what if you could kill Hitler?” This sort of rare refutation way too often confounds these discussions. It shouldn’t.

There is a debate about whether there is, or should be, objective morality, with objective morality being a term used for a system of ethics with rules or prohibitions that are always right or always wrong. In its purest form objective morality has no exceptions. Ever. One group of people believes that we should have objective morality. These people usually believe that they themselves are objectively moral, and the world would be a better place if others proscribed to their particular ethical system, which tends to be based in religion.

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