My favorite YouTube author, nonstampcollector, has produced his latest film entitled, “The Ten Commandments: the basis of our laws and morals.”
The movie raises the question of the relevance of the 10 Commandments as the supposed fundamental basis for the ethics and morality of western civilization. Specifically, the video cleverly highlights those who argue that ALL Ten Commandments serve as the basis of modern morality (especially those who argue that said Commandments should be publicly displayed in courthouses and public places).
The incongruity of the 10 Commandments with modern foundational ethical concepts like freedom, liberty, and democracy is exposed in the following exchange:
Moses: “Surely, the way to nurture a society towards becoming amazingly advanced and prosperous is by having theocratic prohibitions against working on certain days of the week and graven images and all that.”
God: “Well, that’s where the problem lies, see. The more humanity progresses, the more it will base its laws and constitutions around things like freedom, liberty…”
God: “…democracy and self rule, opportunity, human rights, justice for all.”
Moses: “W…well, you haven’t commanded any of that here yet.
God: “Yeah, and I’m not about to either!”
Moses: “So the laws and morals of this mighty, advanced, western civilization aren’t going to come out of these commandments at all then.”
God: “Oh don’t rub it in!”
Give it a watch and I welcome your comments.