I saw the headline of this piece and I thought it was a piece of satire. Why? I do not think the US has had a moral authority in decades. But as I read the article I found it was not written in humor but a serious break in attitudes around the world. It was not the “Ignorati” attempting humor.
I do try not to be one those micro-cephalic that are a one dimensional thinker, a one trick pony if you will….so when I was presented with this bit of philosophical fodder I felt I must expand….
SO…..Moral Authority? WTF?
The quality or characteristic of being respected for having good character or knowledge, especially as a source of guidance or an exemplar of proper conduct.
Moral authority means the underpinning philosophy that creates or interprets laws, or it can have other definitions. Many individuals, especially elected officials, are deemed to have the greatest authority. Alternately, the law itself may be viewed as having authority to create morals, and respected as the source upon which people base their behavior. The matter gets much more complex, especially in societies where individuals have diverse views on what constitutes morality.
Okay the refresher course is ended…..now to the article that brought me to think in philosophical terms…..