Is being able to lie or deceive a positive quality? One that can bring more benefits than we like to believe? Sure that it can also be dangerous and make you lose quality people if that is your character all the time. But wouldn’t it be positive at certain times?
Children must be taught that social norms and parental expectations are the equal to right and wrong.
Some people eventually begin to question rules.
It’s emotionally and psychologically difficult to question certain rules. We have the term “cognitive dissonance” to put a pin in the mental map of the shit that goes down when our brains overload from frying our circuits. Our neurons are wired up, naturally, to know and understand rules.
Right and wrong are basic rules we were reminded of, constantly, since before we could form long term memories.
Yet from other perspectives it’s quickly clear that right and wrong are strategies to power. Evolutionary psychology would predict and accurately record that monkeys and dogs will steal dinner scraps only if no one in power is looking. We lie when we expect to get away with it.
From this I will jump ahead.
There is no empirical right and wrong. There are social mores. It’s fine to kill and intern Japs if it’s WW2 and your society is wartime US. It’s totally wrong, even as a US citizen, from a different social time.
And we must take this one step further.
Right and wrong completely relies on outing people who betray social mores.
Right and wrong can not work without law, betraying confidence, and outing people who betray contracts.
There is no right and wrong. It’s a SOCIAL contract.
Only society can create and enforce it. And it only works through outing people.
(This post was written as fast as I could type it with no edits, after drinking half a big bottle of vodka. That’s an admission of weakness, not a boast.)
There is no society. We clique and shift alliances.