Why “Anything Goes” is Dangerous

by Jonathan Morrow

Having an “Anything Goes” viewpoint is dangerous. Why? Because it allows people to live with the illusion that they can do whatever they want without consequences. That they solely determine what is right and wrong…good or evil. In short, that they have the power to create spiritual and moral reality.

According to Philosopher John Ladd, the idea of “I’ll do what’s right for me and you do what’s right for you “is the doctrine that the moral rightness and wrongness of actions varies from society to society and that there are no absolute moral standards binding on all men at all times. Accordingly, it holds that whether or not it’s right for an individual to act in a certain way, depends on or is relative to, the society to which he belongs.”

Everyday People On Morality

When we asked everyday people their views on morality for our new Explore Truth study, here’s just a few of the responses we received:

  • “We choose what’s right and wrong.”
  • “I feel like the rights and the wrongs kind of come from society.”
  • “What’s right or wrong depends on a person to person basis really.”
  • “Everyone creates their own standard for themselves.”
  • “I’d say if you have ten people and nine out of ten agree that something was wrong, that’s going to be wrong, even if that one person doesn’t agree.”

While believing that everything should be fair and we should decide what’s right and wrong has the appearance of sounding sophisticated and tolerant, the reality on the ground is that it is hurting a lot of people and we need to have the courage to say so.

If someone thinks they create what is right and wrong based on what they believe—then they have a rude awakening coming. Why? Because the reality is what we run into when we are wrong…

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Why “Anything Goes” is Dangerous