Hope was Kants failing
The categorical imperative good will for its own sake has been stretched in this world.
He was a blind guide after the world war,thrust into prominence for his ideas of universal rationalism – an honour I am not sure he would actually have relished responsibility for.
Morality,in the meantime,and by its corollary – individual good will can be fabricated to justify anything on a personal level but every decision leads to a conflict i.e. a winner and a loser (lazy me vs get fit me) but this is particularly obvious in direct human interactions and self gain can often be justified as the best options for your children and by extrapolation-for your species’s future over and above an individual transgression.
self sacrifice is the ultimate implied requirement and judgement one has to make
That the means being more important than the ends will ultimately achieve the best end anyway?
Dealing with no prospect of self gain or how well you can construct an abstract sense of gain in some less tangible sense is the leap of imagination that seems to be required and yet paradoxically easier to see amongst more primitive life forms.
Are we just rationally exhibiting the same extent of cooperation and competition that is actually a successful strategy throughout the natural world.
Is success of a species a valid end gain or survival of life itself given the insurmountable odds against the latter on the grand scale…
the most persuasive of the abstract concepts ,that of immortality ,is maybe the driver for the more benevolent advances but not necessarily for the sake of advance but because it allows potential for more longer term “progress” (or survivability) despite no immediate gain within an individual lifespan.
Is personal failure the key to maintain that momentum of a larger world view in the absence of personal success?
children are the visceral fleshy reality of that.
the majority therefore constitute Gods brain.Cells die but they replenish.Overrall populations plasticise and the brain becomes more self aware.
The Earth is then the universes mind.Its only moral compass.With no concept of why or how it found itself in this position.
We are her organelles
We owe it to the Brain to communicate like nerves to understand ourselves as the greater whole and achieve the ultimate victory of immortality over the individual.
The overall anonymity of the majority is what allows this artificial construct to remain a seductive justification for morality,humanity,survival or whatever you want to call it.
Friction and immorality get marginalised over time in this construct but are necessary to strive through trial and error
So like a sequence of reductions atrocities may never be completely eliminated but can be reduced to insignificance by the overwhelming attractiveness of the meme for the anonymous majority.
So does too much potential for individual gain erode that goal of species wide progress or is it just a marginal byproduct that there seems to be so much instant and readily available fame for so many more.
Or does that constant exposure to individual success reduce the attractiveness of individual fame as being of much value and enable the rest of us to buckle down for what we see as the long game.
Or is this the final descent into self extinguishing Anarchy.
Of that,Mr Kant, I am 100% sure.