Today, as in the past, most philosophers agree that the ultimate standard of
ethics is whim (they call it “arbitrary postulate” or “subjective choice” or
“emotional commitment”)—and the battle is only over the question of whose
whim: one’s own or society’s or the dictator’s or God’s. Whatever else they
may disagree about, today’s moralists agree that ethics is a subjective issue
and that the three things barred from its field are: reason—mind—reality.
If you wonder why the world is now collapsing to a lower and ever lower rung of
hell, this is the reason.
If you want to save civilization, it is this premise of modern ethics—and of
all ethical history—that you must challenge.