Ken: So you are asking how do I explain the universal reaction of people feeling bad when they are wronged, though selfish people don’t feel bad when someone everyone else is wronged? EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES. When extenuating circumstances are taken into account before determining, this is an example of subjective.
Philip wrote:Extenuating circumstances can't explain a universal - as ALL people - no matter how selfish, evil, or kind, considerate, considered moral within their own cultures - consider a wrong done to them if someone steals from them.
Extenuating circumstances is not about any of that stuff, extenuating circumstances is about other things that are to be considered before judging. If the right or wrong of an action is not set in stone; if other things are to be considered before judging it as good or bad, that is an example of considering extenuating circumstances.
Philip wrote: If it were merely subjective, we'd see wide inconsistency in that. Some would be glad they were visited by thieves - others, extremely angry.
Do you know the difference between Objective vs Subjective when applied to morality? If so, how are you defining these differences?
Philip wrote: But that's not what we see. If ANYONE, without provocation, has been physically assaulted by another - no matter how selfish, murderous, or kind and forgiving, they see such action as a great wrong has been committed against them. That's another universal and objective moral standard!
Are you defining Objective as “everybody agrees”? There was a time in history when everybody agreed that the Earth was the center of the Universe and that the Sun traveled around the Earth. Just because everybody agrees doesn’t make it objective.