As one stumbles upon this blog, I realize that there will be a handful of different reactions to the pretentious, contrived-sounding title adiamorphos, and it’s tagline “the quest for secular morality”. The title, certainly, is somewhat contrived. A real dictionary term “adiamorphic,” is rarely used unless you search through random usernames of Reddit, or obscure metal bands, but simply functions as a synonym for “godless.” A better breakdown of the word parts might lead a critic to something like “without god’s form” or “unformed by god,” two definitions which lead more clearly to a purpose of this blog: Inherently secular morality cannot come from the dogma of religion; it cannot be tied to eternal punishment/reward; it cannot be bestowed upon a somehow errant creation by its creator. Morality concerns us and how we choose to interact with each other. To add a authoritarian deity or deities to the conversation only diminishes the ability of morality to connect us.
Above all I wish for a reader of this blog to realize that morality at its simplest is the necessity for humans to live with other humans on a planet that does not belong to them.
I already anticipate the first reaction to this blog, possibly even of readers who didn’t care enough to make it this far into the text, of disgust. While the internet is abound with people who would rather comment in forms of hatred that they wouldn’t otherwise display, there are certainly those who genuinely disallow anything that preaches against gods, and especially against their god. These are the fundamentalists, the religiously convinced, bible-thumpers, tyrannical theocrats, and those who irreversibly take to the idea that “morality comes from religion,” or that “secular morality” is no doubt an oxymoron. These categories comprise a surprising number of people, the most disappointing of which may be the last: especially in the representatives who have shown too often that politically it is more important to believe in the correct god than to have any decent idea of how we can treat each other. No, this blog is not meant for these people. I only wish that I by myself could change their minds.
Nor is this blog meant for those people who already call themselves “godless,” but so readily and maliciously condemn the voices of theistic neighbors to any point that their own godlessness and morality cannot be reconciled.
This blog is meant for those with a different reaction to my goals. It is meant for those who wish to engage with its promptings and proposals. It is meant for those who, with their different perspectives and desires, wish to continue the debate on moral problems beyond my meager initiations. These people may have gods or not, they may have suffered from injustices of both secular and religious morality, and they may not know in what direction the world of humanity should be headed. But they have a passion for the people around them, a desire to realize beauty in the human nature, and an awe for the accomplishments of nature around them which resound as much in humanity itself as they do despite it.
I suspect that you, the reader who has already made it this far through a convoluted About page, may be one of these people.