It’s true: one of my novels is about mercenaries in outer space and yet, I want to write a little something more about spiritual matters. Hm, maybe how they tie in?
In truth, moral knowledge and methodologies are a theme throughout the novel The Children of Loki my male pen name Robert Fitzgerald Jr. Two deities are mentioned in the novel: Loki and Jesus. Obviously, prior to the Christianization of so many nations that wouldn’t have made any sense, but in Christian nations where children grow up reading Thor and Iron Man comics and are reintroduced to Loki as the Marvel Comic villain it is less whacky.
The novel is not a religious story per se, so those who believe themselves to not be interested don’t need to run away from it but if people are religious and search for signs or undertones, they are there.
Morality & Ethics
Ethics is what morality is called in a secular atmosphere. Ethics is sometimes also what religion would look like to people who don’t believe in any personal, or real God but have figured out that when humans are compassionate and help each other out it can make the world a better place.
Morality is a motivational force for both of the main characters: Gezka FaucMerz and Kiel Bronson. Both are heavily enculturated and differently so for more reasons than just gender. What they do to each other and how and why is integrated with the plot and character development. The characters’ points of view are deeply affected by what they consider right and wrong.
Like so many of you, between parents and religious education I developed to a point where I often felt that I knew right from wrong. Perhaps like some of you, I also ran into times when I wasn’t so sure. To my own astonishment, when I took an MBA course in 2009 called Business Ethics, I was shocked to discover that prior to the course, I honestly only “right from wrong in business” 50% of the time.
Freaky, I mean that is not very often for someone over 30 years old, let alone over 40. Well, you know how they say that sometimes the best one can do is to realize that one lacks knowledge or awareness about something and seek out experts.
Given that I have done some business stuff as a self-employed person I found it frightening only because I wish to do business with high moral standards for my business operations. I have endeavored to whenever I conduct business, but having learned about my own ignorance it made me feel I could use a mentor.
Back to religion
In reality, proper use of clergy includes being able to get moral insights and assistance. For those of you who have strong ties with clerics, this may seem like a bland answer that you have heard a million times already.
In my own life, I have usually attended church very regularly. Despite that, for more than 2 decades, I had very little direct contact with the cleric aside from listening to the sermon.
Since then, it has grown in my awareness that there are ‘right ways’ to make use of the clerics of one’s church over and above listening to their sermons.
For today, I think that’s all I’m going to blog about it.