Does the practice of forced or commanded morality make you a moral person? I ran upon this quote and it was a revelation of sorts.

If I were to speak your kind of language, I would say that man's only moral commandment is: Thou shalt think. But a "moral commandment" is a contradiction in terms. The moral is the chosen, not the forced; the understood, not the obeyed. The moral is the rational, and reason accepts no commandments.
-- Ayn Rand: John Galt's radio address in Atlas Shrugged

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Following precepts, commandments, dicta, etc., is morality. Thinking about one's choices and trying to make the best one is ethics.

 

I dont know why but when I read that Ayn Rand quote, I think of it being said to a criminal ...

In fact the whole bible is starting to looking like one big penitentiary to me ....

Is the bible about criminal law?

Be good or go to jail ...

 

Is the bible about criminal law?

Be good or go to jail ...

Religion is.

Be obedient or go to hell.

Jail would be hell for me.

In many ways religion has the opposite effect: it makes a human being amoral!  It breeds bigotry, hate, animosity, supposed intellectual superiority, prejudice and all sorts of immorality.

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