The origin of morality has been disputed on countless occasions, with often no real avail. The problem is semantics, or sometimes values, some even say the problem is its very existence [or lack of]. In fact there are just as many discussions over the problems of morality, as morality itself. I donít think anyone really doubts the notion that humans [and other animals, some would argue] are at least capable of being moral. That is, capable of engaging in appropriate and/or inappropriate actions and can, by and large, tell the difference between the two.
To help mitigate this issue I came up with a thought project. I suggest a world in which morality does not exist. What should we observe if it were the case? What conditions, or lack of, would create such a world?
I imagine we would see a world void of emotion. Without love, compassion and empathy there would likely be no acts of altruism. Without rage or envy we would likely see less violent acts. How would species interact with each other if there were no right and wrong behavior? With no desire to propagate your species, would there be species to even interact with each other?