Using teleology in decision-making

I consider teleology is better than morality in decision-making.

Teleology is a goal-driven form of decision making that eliminates the subjectivity of morality.

Teleology is a goal-driven form of decision-making that eliminates subjective morality.

I am a natural philosopher, like Heraclitus, Leonardo da Vinci or Aristotle, I build my meanings from what I observe, demonstrate or experience in nature.  I consider nature the ultimate authority in any argument, and a concrete basis in which to ground any decision-making.  Heraclitus says “follow the common” which means to follow how nature works rather than ignorant opinion.

I often come across people who base their decision-making or arguments upon morality, which for me poses a challenge because it is so subjective and prejudiced.  The politician, priest or academic often uses a moral argument to justify their actions or decisions, they often twist how they interpret the moral rules to fit their point of view.

Morality is rule-driven decision-making which lacks the objective, practical wisdom needed to stand up to the challenges of life.  As an example the moral rule “be honest” raises a challenge if you hide Jewish children in the basement and the nazis are at the door asking if you are hiding Jews; most right-minded people would break the moral rule and be dishonest to the nazis. Another example is the moral rule “don’t kill” offers a similar challenge if you face the choice of killing someone or allowing them to kill you and your family.  Decision-makers have to constantly offer exceptions to the moral rule to meet the challenges of life which renders the moral rule as meaningless.

Morality is missing in nature, humanity invented morality. In nature plants and animals kill, cheat, steal and are dishonest.  The bee will with opportunity steal the honey from other bee hives; there are species of flower that look and smell like a bee to trick the bee to attempt to mate with the flower with the possibility the tricked bee pollinate the flower.

Nature appears goal-driven in its behaviour and design.  The human eye has the ultimate design to assist with the sense of sight.  All natural objects have due to their internal electro-magnetic or chemical arrangement a nature that causes them to behave or appear in a given way.  The philosophy of teleology is an alternative decision-making process to morality, which makes decisions based upon ultimate goals.  I argue that nature is goal-driven because of its internal nature, design or purpose.

A knife has the ultimate design to cut objects, this ultimate design, nature or purpose of the knife is its telos.  Once you know the telos, you can judge action as good or bad based on if it meets the telos.  To sharpen a knife is a good action, since a sharper knife meets its telos better to cut objects than a blunt knife.

Teleological decision-making involving systems such as business and computer systems provides a strong objective foundation of goal-orientated action and choices, since all action and decision have to meet the goal.

A challenge of human imagination is that man attempts to humanise objects by giving them moral rules.  A knife has no morality, but it has a nature, an ultimate design or purpose.  I have debated with an academic for two days over the right of State to murder people for their organs; the academic is using morality, I use the teleological argument.  The academic has attempted to humanise a non-human object the State, with a set of moral rules that he argues gives the State the right to murder people.  I argue it is a nonsense to ascribe human qualities to the State, as much as if morality was given to a knife, the State is an object with an ultimate design, purpose or goal which is to benefit all citizens.  I argue based on teleology that the State is unable to murder its citizens because this is against its telos of benefiting all citizens, all must benefit according to the telos, not one group of people over another.  Morality blinds the academic to the point he proposes the State runs lotteries on who lives or dies, that it is justifiable to kill the few to benefit the many.  Morality is a subjective decision-making process, but teleology is a clean goal-driven process that eliminates subjective irrationality, which is why I favour teleology over morality.


7 responses to “Using teleology in decision-making

  1. Good food for thought and great reasoning… agree with you on all thoughts… nature is a great teacher if one would just take the time to watch and learn, which you obviously have done…
    and now a suggestion for a post from you, being the reasoning person that you are… I’ve been trying to get my head around the following statement… “Corruption and Inflation are the deciding factors behind unemployment”… what are your thoughts.??

  2. Pingback: Using teleology in decision-making | The Liberated Way | Selden Vos VIII

  3. Your theory reminds me of philosopher Victoria Alexander. She has a book out on secular, natural teleology called The Biologist’s Mistress: Rethinking Self-Organization in Art, Literature and Nature. Enjoyed your post.

    • Thanks for the recommendation. By coincidence I was in a field a few hours ago looking at an oak tree on the boundary of the field as I was working out Chaos Theory and Complexity Theory in relation to the telos of the tree; the book has a tree on a boundary on its cover, and is according to reviews dealing with ideas similar to mine. I shall purchase the book.

  4. Good post. I enjoy your writing. Quickly to the point, yet not lacking in quality.

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