Peter was disoriented as he walked along the steep embankment. This was not the right time and place to be confused but he did not dare turn back. Behind him was much to flee from whereas going forward was filled with uncertainty, which is one reason he was feeling so dizzy. He stopped for a moment to catch his breath, gather himself, and to ponder what was at stake. He then pressed onward.
The ancient wisdom of Aristotelian natural law has been the foundation of moral philosophy for millennia. But like with all science and with all religion, interpretations have caused many variations to appear.
Unlike religion, science progresses by the means of methodologically sound investigations which uncover discoveries that appeal to and satisfy human logic.
The basic premise of natural law is that each (created) thing has unique characteristics which make it possible for humans to distinguish and categorize them. And so we can say a rock is a rock, a plant is a plant, an animal is an animal, and a human is a human.
Then the details of what those characteristics are comes into play. This is where ontology clarifies the distinctions between each broad category and identifies the powers and potentials of those (created) things in each category.
Like all models the ontological model is a simplification of reality and its purpose is to make understanding the world around us easier. Not surprisingly sometimes the models used in the past are insufficient for modern discernment. Adhering to old models rather than appreciating a new model will cause problems.
So let’s look at the ‘old’ ontological model. Humans are unique physically from other animals and humans are uniquely endowed with intelligence far superior to any intelligence exhibited by animals. By this definition humans are distinct as set forth by natural law.
But when science is not balanced, if it is not in harmony with the other powerful tool of discovery, then the ideal of advancement suffers. One evidence of this disorder is the almost universal rejection of the possibility of the harmony of science and religion or its corollary, the recognition of why this harmony of science and religion is so valuable.
The new ontological model is more accurate. It simply and profoundly recognizes that another marvelous distinction of humans is their spirituality. Human spirituality does not exist in the other categories of things, it is unique to humans according to natural law.
The repercussions of this new model are very, very great. I will only touch on one important theme: equality. There are so many egalitarian schemes within a plethora of social doctrines and many of those doctrines are even atheistic. The simple truth is that all humans are equal in the eyes of God. Humans are not equal in any other way.
To design schemes to make people physically the same or intellectually the same or the same in their degree of joy or pain are all vain – and now it is understood – contrary to natural law.
Equality is guaranteed! So why all of the interventionism? Answer: Ignorance of natural law and ignorance of the more advanced and more accurate ontological model.
The great suffering experienced by humanity, ironically, is the consequence of this ignorance of natural law that is practiced in the name of equality! This is just one of many greatly important reasons why interventionism is destructive to an ever-advancing civilization. To learn even more about the harmfulness of interventionism I suggest that you learn more about the divine economy theory.