Saintly Thoughts

The [Myth of] Mathematics of Morality

It is difficult, though necessary, to apply moral judgments to political actions.  Morality does not follow the laws of a mathematical function; there is no morality "function box" into which one may plug factors pertaining to a situation and expect the correct action to appear out the other side in a puff of moral logic.  Alas, life is too complicated for such a rule.  Morality is composed of factors pertaining to human relationships.  As the relationships shift, so shifts the morality of a situation.  This is not to say that morality is relative (may it never be said that I am a relativist!).  There is a "right" and "wrong" (or, at least, "more right" and "more wrong") action in any given actualization of a moral situation.  Even in the smallest of things, the factors are too complex to allow for a morality function.  And this is in our everyday experience.  How much more complex is the political sphere, where factors are multiplied exponentially?  Is it possible to make a "correct decision" under such a turmoil of conflicting relationships?  Still, we are responsible for the decisions that we make.   We are to be moral, to be just, even if we are incapable of knowing what justice is.