Individualist Morality FAQ
Q: What is morality ?
A: Morality is the study of the nature of individual values and their fulfillment ("value expression"), using the facts of natural law. More simply : actions have consequences which can be anticipated and measured, and that's how we know what to do or not to do.
Q: But isn't morality subjective ?
A: The very fact that you decided to ask that question proves that it isn't. Obviously your choice of asking the question shows that you valued knowing the answer, and that you thought asking it was better than not asking it.
The more general answer is that no, facts of reality are not subjective. The fact that not eating will eventually lead to starvation is a fact. That's why you eat. The same is true for any other action you perform. They are based on what you think is best to express your values. You might be wrong, of course, and you probably are, given that you're so stupid you have to ask if morality is subjective.
Q: Hey ! I didn't ask for no guff !
A: That's not a question, and you're an imaginary asker anyway. So I really don't care.
Q: Yea, okay, whatever. So what does individualism have to do with morality ?
A: Only individuals can act, not groups or societies. Only individuals can think and reason and make value-judgments. So we always have to start from the premise of individual value expression. The facts of morality have nothing to do with religion, politics, group consensus, tradition, what your friends say, or what your teacher said in public school. They are about finding out for yourself how you can act in accordance with reality and live a happy, fulfilled life.
Q: Wait, wait. Isn't morality just a way for us to live together without killing each other ?
A: You are one sad sucker, aren't you. You've bought into the collectivist propaganda hook, line and sinker.
Q: Hey ! There you go again ! What propaganda have I bought into anyway ?
A: The propaganda that human beings are inherently degraded and that they need to be indoctrinated into "getting along". Most people "get along" just fine without following collectivist principles, simply because they observe the facts of living in society as they grow up. They know that if they try to get along with others, others will try to get along with them. All the values they need to fulfill as individuals - visibility, communication, friendship, love - require cooperation.
Another problem of "getting along" is that we will always be confronted with people having wildly different value systems. Religion and government demand that we "get along" by being forced to fight tooth and nail for the power of imposing our value system against that of others. That is not cooperation or morality.
Finally, the scenarios where we need morality the MOST are scenarios where we are alone, such as the "stranded on a desert island" scenario. In this kind of scenario, our actions determine life or death. One of the advantages of living in society is that we don't need to work as hard to survive and flourish as we would alone. So in fact we need morality LESS when we live in society. So the collectivist belief is actually completely backwards.
Q: What about the idea that morality comes from evolution ?
A: Your instincts are part of your nature, and so you always have to take them into account. You can't be happy by systematically repressing your instincts. But you can't equate evolution with morality any more than you can say a car is a wheel or a brake pad. It might feel instinctually good to, say, kill someone who's cheating with your wife, but that'll only land you in jail for the rest of your life.
Q: What about altruism ?
A: There's no such thing as altruism. It is an empty term, like "god" or "superatural". Every single individual acts in his perceived self-interest. The difference is that some people are rational and some people are not.
Q: Isn't helping others altruistic ?
A: That's a ridiculous idea. How can helping others not be beneficial to the individual ? It is better for me to live in a flourishing society, and helping others makes me feel good, so helping others is an expression of my values.
Q: So you believe in "might makes right" ?
A: Not so. It is the collectivists who believe in "might makes right" (for example, that God is moral in slaughtering almost all life on Earth, simply because he can do so). I do not believe that "might makes right", indeed that "might" tends to make people "wrong". I think we should deal with each other as individuals, not as tools of power.
Q: You're so cynical. Can't you just believe in something greater than yourself ? Are you so vain ?
A: No, I'm not vain. I'm an individual, just like every other individual on Earth. I just happen to understand that fact and do not desire to lose myself in collectivist fantasies. I am not a part of a country, race, language, culture, religion (or lack thereof) or class, I am simply a person called Francois Tremblay. That is the fact of the matter. There are plenty of things "greater than myself" (such as, say, gravity), but that fact has no moral or political import.
Q: Is X moral ?
A: Only specific actions or values can be moral or immoral. You have to look at what values you're causing if you do it. This changes depending on context - "killing" a bacteria in your guts is different than "killing" someone because he made you mad. In both cases, "killing" effects very different values. In one case you can save your life, in the other you can go to jail forever.
Q: I'm an idiot and I still want absolute rules for life.
A: Tough luck boy. Even in religion there is no such thing. If you really need some simple rules, here are some good ones :
* Be rational, use your fucking head. Staying ignorant and gullible makes you a sap.
* Don't let anyone guilt you into serving their values (and that includes your parents, your church and your government).
* Don't hurt people unless you're defending yourself.
* Be nice to people who deserve it.