|Opinion is rational|
| Letís crush the misconception that because morality is personal opinion it is exempt from reason. All opinion uses reason.
I do not mean that all opinions are valid. Some are more sensible than others. I mean that opinion is as rational as fact. Opinion is not ďalogical.Ē Thoughts are logical or illogical, rational or irrational.
The principles of reason apply to matters of the heart. Personal value is as inescapable as empirical fact; it simply reflects the reality of life. Personal beliefs and emotions come from a perception of value that exists just as gravity exists, and we can find the reasons behind the emotions.
Emotions mean something. They are neither contrary nor neutral to reason. The fact that we desire value shows that value exists. Our feelings reflect a real need.
This leads us to morality. Morality holds us accountable for how we treat the value that we perceive.
This is a fact. I am not the standard. A law exists outside of me. It stands independent. It judges and finds fault.This is the law of conscience. My conscience is a messenger, a voice of reason. Unlike pride, it does not always back me up. Sometimes it does; sometimes it doesnít.
This explains why people become irrational with moral issues. Much of morality is fact: inescapable truth, but we donít always want to acknowledge it. Morality reflects the fact of value, which does not depend on our approval.