Morality is not real—it is a Stirnerite “fixed idea”, if you will. To put it another way, “morality” is a human-made construct that does more harm than good. Don’t take it from me; take it from Lao Tzu, who wrote in the Tao Te Ching:
>The great Tao fades away>There is benevolence and justice>Intelligence comes forth>There is great deception
>The six relations are not harmonious>There is filial piety and kind affection>The country is in confused chaos>There are loyal ministers
(Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu, Chapter 18, Derek Lin translation.)
Here, Lao Tzu is saying that when we deviate from the Tao—say, how we naturally act—we are forced to fall back on man-made concepts such as “benevolence,” “justice,” intelligence,” “morality,” “spirituality,” and so forth. Indeed, all these concepts are relative
—who is to say what is objectively good, bad, moral, and the like? In “The Unique and Its Property,” Stirner showcases some brilliant examples of the relativity of morality, with choice quotes such as: “Now we are so thoroughly religious that sworn-in jurors condemn us to death, and every policeman, as a good Christian, takes us to the slammer by ‘oath of office’,” (The Unique and Its Property, p. 44) and “When the guerrillas drew their country’s enemies into ravines and shot them down from the bushes, unseen, wasn’t that assassination?” (id., p. 45) Morality is decisively relative, and “objective morality” is—not real.
This isn’t to say that I believe that humans have the capacity to force themselves to be “amoral”, so to speak. We can take some simple lessons from Dostoevsky here. In Crime and Punishment, the protagonist Raskolnikov kills an old lady and her daughter and can’t bear the guilt. In the censored chapter of Demons, the main character Stavrogin confesses to a priest that he had sex with a very underaged girl and stood idly by as she killed herself in the other room—Stavrogin suffers spiritually despite being the apotheosis of the amoral nihilist. In short: when one does horrible things—horrible being relative to the individual
—they will naturally feel guilt. That is, for moPost too long. Click here to view the full text.