Have you ever been having a discussion with someone, either a friend, a new acquaintance, or perhaps someone in an internet discussion board, about the your faith? About truth and error? About your values and why you think they are good and true? Have you then had that person tell you that you’re trying to force your morality on them? Have you had them complain that it is wrong for you to try to get them to adopt your morality?
How do you respond?
Most people, I think, respond incorrectly because for many years so did I.
Most people respond with protests that they aren’t trying to force their morality on anyone, they are sharing an opinion. They don’t want to make the person follow it; they are just putting it out there.
Here is how you should respond.
So are you.
It’s really that simple. When someone tells you that you shouldn’t try to spread your moral beliefs around what they are doing is telling you to adopt their moral belief that proselytizing is wrong. So if I can’t spread my morality, neither can you. But your claim that I can’t spread my morality is spreading your morality. So you shouldn’t tell me not to.
It’s much like the person who claims that no religion has a better understanding, or more truth about God than any other. I’m sure you’ve heard this in the “elephant” story. A group of blind men are standing around an elephant, each touching a different part. The one who touches the trunk thinks the elephant is like a snake, the one who touches its side thinks it’s like a wall, etc. The problem with this is that someone knows that they don’t know what the elephant is truly like. The observer does. And the person who claims that no religion knows more about God is claiming to know more about God (otherwise they wouldn’t know that no religion knows more about God). They are claiming to be the observer that sees the elephant. They are claiming to have more information about God, or a truer understanding of God. That’s what they just said all religions can’t say.
So the next time someone tells you that you can’t say doing something is wrong, they’re doing it too.