When I say 'morality' please don't mistake this for the repressing moralisms of the American political situation today. It is not about good vs evil. It's not about defining the low, the evil, or the vulgar, in referent to the high, the progressive, and the good battling against the children of night. No. None of that is of my concern.
The 'morality' I'm speaking on is the immutable high. The immutable red line. The innate, human virtues of a good life and beneficent mind. The unquestionably good. The only right. The final, irreducible and unambiguous kind of morality which runs in the blood of western philosophy and that all Americans owe credence and their cultural foundation to. The basis of the western judiciary and the philosophical bedrock of wise statecraft: 1. Do no harm. 2. Give each their due. 3. Live honestly.
The first principle is the uncontested, most severely established, and concrete concern to a flourishing polity. Humans must be safe and secure in their setting to engage in altruistic and community activities. People must feel accepted — not without thought and reflection — into a community where they can speak without fear of abandonment or violent admonishment.
The second principle is the hardest to acquire. It's the most fickle and difficult to secure. It's essentially the ethos of equality. All men are equal in the eyes of the beholder. All men shall be afforded equal justice and treatment under the law. America has long struggled with fulfilling this highest precept. But that struggle is still alive and burning like a flame at midnight. You give each his due. Notice the word 'due'. What is deserved, what is right, what is just, and what is truth about the person who you deal with. A person's due is based upon their efforts, not their race nor innate physical predicament. You give each his due based on the works they have given to you. Students need to learn this — not that they don't know, but the point needs to be made explicit and precise. Don't explain the referent low. Just explain the immutable red line of right. (Psshh, me telling what to do... I'm sorry. please don't think I'm commanding anything. These are just ideas and what I think and don't need any reply)
Third: Live honestly. Students will leave university, obviously, and what they learn will stick with them forever. I had someone comment under one of my tweets the other day that their time at UT taught them that what they'd grown up hearing about black people was wrong. That UT was culturally conducive in that what they learned taught them to level with the fact that America is multicultural and that is a plus, not a negative or referent low. To live honestly is to live with dignity, self-respect, and self-understanding, knowing that I nor you knows that which we don't know. It is the honest reflection on your own ignorance that makes you human in the face of abject information systems and dissimulated communications. To live honestly is to live in the face of existential problems, not knowing the solutions, or seeing anyone else who knows what to do, but putting faith in a higher power that can guide you to “right” when what's right in some situations is unknowable or previously unthinkable. It is the constant battle to see others humanity, and to struggle in the day-to-day with what is good and honorable for a man of dignity to do.
Young men need to be the focus. All of history is a story about what to do with young men. The military gets this one right. But we shouldn't live in a militaristic culture. Young men need purpose and vision that's higher and valorized by the common world. A socially reproducible cultural relation. Not the culture of the academy, but the culture of the father, the son, the brother, and his keeper. Young men need to be spoken to. They don't need to be instructed as if they'd even listen. They need to be spoken to about the reasons why they want to be good fathers, and good citizens that do right in the face of wrong. That pick up and lead in the face of darkness and distress. That can be gentle and aspiring at the same time without being solemn and neglectful. Young men need a vision of the future that's not purely optimistic bc they see through that mess. Existential questions need to be asked and addressed, because that's what's on the mind of kids who don't know how to express what they and all others are keeping silent out of distress. We need a release valve that can decompress the pent up passions of the male mind that is higher and more worthy of respect that drugs, sex, money, and women. Kids yearn for that. It's the task of the university, the church, and our politics to speak on it.
Warmest Regards, Alex Towery.