Fear of Judgment

I’ve talked in the past about how science fiction about parallel universes (which may or may not turn out to be science fact) turns out to offer a similar comfort to Abrahamic religious beliefs about an afterlife. The cartoon above from “People in White Coats” suggests that science fiction can offer an alternative to the traditional fear of judgment as motivation to moral behavior. What if we lived and spoke as though anything we say and do might one day be used to judge our planet and its worthiness to continue existing?

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  • http://timebottle.weebly.com/ Beau Quilter

    I think the Euthyphro Dilemma still applies: are our Youtube comments pious by virtue of being pleasing to the Aliens; or is the piety of our Youtube comments independent of the judgment of the Aliens?

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/religionprof/ James F. McGrath

      Alien Euthyphro – love it!