The backbone of role playing – the moral system. Most moral system, be it fictional or real, are usually built on the premise that there Is good and evil . The premise is not necessarily wrong it is just that it comes from our own history, a history that we have never been able to change or affect in any effective way.
The moral in Good vs Evil comes from our religions and mostly from Christianity with Jesus Christ having the highest virtue of good. Jesus seemed like a nice guy but for me he is not particularly interesting, neither is the whole “philosophy” of chrstianity. It is therefore my intention to go away from that point of origin when creating a moral system and instead of basing it on religion it will take a stand in philosophy.
What is more, apart from good vs evil, is that moral systems usually are based on What we do as defining the moral good. The proverb “What we do is what defines us” is commonly accepted. However, it is not necessarily true and neither is it for certain that it explains the whole of an individual or a group. You can instead turn the proverb around and say “Who we are defines what we do”. It is with these thoughts in mind that the following Moral System is shaped.
What defines our moral world view and our moral actions is broadly defined by two different axises. The first axis goes from Autonomy to Allonomy. Where an autonomous person relies on his own convictions and beliefs and is quick to question where he does not understand, for it is the highest degree of autonomy when he acts on a law the he has created for himself and that must come from an understanding of the law, be it conscious or not. Allonomous, then, describes the opposite, where a person is dependant on external influence and rules and laws created by others. A soldier in a troop would best be allonomous in order to be of most benefit for the troop as they are all dependant on the sargent’s orders. To some extent, the allonomous is more of a tool/vehicle for moral actions rather than the moral actor. It is easy for this person to avoid any moral responsibility, however the person has to deal with his own conscience which is where the subjective moral consequences take place.
The second axis goes from Judgemental to Non-judgemental. To judge another person, whether it is upon his actions or his character, one has to realise that you are referencing to something, often to a moral system. But where does that moral system come from? Is it subjective or objective? Can one be sure that the moral system you judge from is the same moral system that the one you judge is in? All in all, the one who judge another’s actions is equally immoral for you are acting against a particular moral system, namely the system of the one you are judging.
So, whether you are judgemental or not towards others describes how and why you act, be it moral or immoral.
The system might look something like this:
Autonymous/Non-Judgemental Autonymous/Neutral Autonymous/Judgemental
Neutral/Non-Judgemental Neutral/Neutral Neutral/Judgemental
Allonymous/Non-Judgemental Allonymous/Neutral Allonymous/Judgemental
Where Neutral and Neutral meets I would like to add that you have the choice of being true neutral, Variable or Amoral. Where true neutral always takes no stand in a conflict, the Variable takes the side which seems best for the moment and the Amoral is indifferent to which side he is on.
All questions are welcome!