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Do right and wrong exist?

I'm curious about objective right and wrong. If you believe in God, this is a no-brainer. Some things are wrong, some things are right, simply because God says so and He knows. But if you don't believe in God, can you still believe in objective morality? I personally don't think you can. I mean, what do you base it off of? How do you find out what's objectively right or wrong? (By objective I mean "existing independent of thought or an observer as part of reality." from dictionary.com)
Sure, there's subjective morality. Any idea of right or wrong come up with by a human is by definition subjective. That's all well and good. Problem is that it only applies to people who believe in it and it gives them no authority to proclaim anything as "what we should be doing." Very often everybody disagrees with each other and we don't get anywhere. (Just look at Congress for an example of this.)
Maybe you disagree with me and you think there is objective morality but no God. That's fine. I would like to ask you to answer a question for me though. Let's pick an easy one. Why is rape objectively wrong? Don't misunderstand me, I can't think of a single instance where rape wouldn't be wrong. I believe very strongly that sexual abuse is one of the greatest evils in the world. Why is it evil? If you can answer me without using a God-based or subjective argument, I'll concede the point.
That point is this: Without God, there is no such thing as right and wrong, only the things we call right and wrong. And since nobody can agree on what to call what, we're all in a lot of trouble.


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    Feb 11 2013: Yes

    A higher level of survival for the greatest number is right and a lower level of survival for the greater number is wrong
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        Feb 11 2013: It is not a zero sum game, survival for all life, please look at my post below.
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        Feb 11 2013: Survival is not objective?
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        Feb 11 2013: What is the one single thing that all life does no matter what?
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        Feb 12 2013: What is your point?
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        Feb 12 2013: Wrongness = death

        Which by the way is why people are so hung up on being right.

        Survival is about as objective as you can get.

        Have a nice day
        • Feb 23 2013: This is for Mark, because he tried to argue against wrongness=death. Nice try, Mark. But this has been grappled with successfully for millennia. This is why as a group we know to be sad when someone dies young, but not so sad when they've passed at 90 or 100. And the latter particularly if they lived a full life. We all have a pretty good idea of what a full life means around here. I can't imagine that's not true where you live.

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