Of Causation and Responsibility: A notion of socially moral responsibility makes little sense unless individuals are reasonably accorded the freedom and dignity to think for themselves. There is no morality or virtue in simply performing rote details for which one is chained so as not to deviate. In considering notions of Responsibility and Causation, it can be interesting to watch Literalists, Libertarians, Constitutionalists, Atheists, and Scientists try to rationalize ways to save or improve America, without respecting the superiority of a caring, inviting, reconciling God. They seem prone to take some material, maybe a Higgs boson or a writing on a piece of paper, like a Constitution or a Bible, and then try to rationalize from it, and it alone, all causation for a system of moral guidance for a nation or world. Does the Higgs boson "cause" expression of mass, or does the expression of mass "cause" the Higgs boson? Given a world of continuous, unprecedented, unexpected change, can any static interpretation of any writing on any piece of paper show the single, absolute, literal, best way to address each newly unfolding event? How can the Source of causation and moral judgement be reasonably conceptualized as being vested in any Being other than a caring, inviting, Reconciler? Without a conception of a Reconciler, how can inanimate words in themselves, on any piece of paper, carry any causation or moral guidance for the future? How is moral responsibility carried forward through the generations? Well, by free-thinking individuals, raised in families, that accord reasoned respect for a caring and inviting Reconcilier. How is moral responsibility not carried forward? By destroying families and surrendering freedom to predators who rule collectives under pretense of being infallible mouthpieces for God or Nature.
There is a complication: What to do about the mass of people who decline to take moral responsibility to think for themselves, who do not want responsibility, who want a leader to take responsibility from their shoulders, even in exchange for becoming little more than beasts of burden? Free thinkers may be conceptualized in two ways: One kind would want to teach people as much as reasonably possible to take responsibility for themselves. The other kind would simply want to use people who want to be used. The moral advantage is to the first kind. The financial advantage is to the second kind.