You'll have to bear with me on this, I'm not very good at writing.. And even worse with putting my thoughts and ideas into writing, but I'll give it a go.
In a recent argument/discussion with a Christian about morality, I suddenly realized I hadn't given it much thought! I've always just.. Been moral, I've never had to think about why, or how I should be moral.. But then I thought about it more, and it seems I DO think about why and how.. I seem to base my morality on the idea that pain and suffering should be minimized, and the more I thought about it I realized that empathy has a huge part in my own morality.. The ability to "feel" others pain and my own negative reaction to pain makes up one of my morals "Don't hurt people" perhaps in some cases "Don't hurt people who aren't hurting you" this made sense to me.. Most of the things I find "immoral" involve some kind of pain, suffering or death.. Child abuse, murder, rape, ect..
(I hope I'm making sense, or at least understandable insanity)
I'd like to know your thoughts on "morality", do you believe empathy has a role in forming morals?