5. A universal definition of good arises from nature. Good is that which enables the long-term survival of life.
Good has had many definitions throughout history. It was what felt good, it was what our elders told us, it was what our leaders demanded, it was divinely revealed to kings, it was what a god told a priest, it was what philosophers argued, it was whatever your society voted for, and it went back to what feels good. It's no wonder that relativists threw up their hands and said there is no definition of good so figure it out for yourselves.
But these were not true definitions of good. They were not true because they were not grounded in the reality of our universe. They relied on isolated individuals, mythical creatures, ignorant arguments, and general confusion. Sure, many of the rules that came out of these definitions of good may have been correct, but not all of them. The need to obey your king, the need to avoid mixing meat and dairy, the need to stone adulterers - these and many other rules for good behavior have gone extinct. And the thing that corrected these false rules was not a better god, a better ruler, or a better philosopher; it was the dawning feeling that these rules were leading us off a cliff. The cringe that we feel when we think about drowning witches, burning heretics, and mutilating genitals, is not a voice in our heads from a new religion. Quite simply, it is just the growth in understanding of what enables life to survive in the long term. That is the voice of our conscience. That is the source of our morals. That is the basis for our definition of good. It arises naturally from an understanding of both the history, shape, and rules of our universe as well as the course of evolution that has led us to the place we occupy here, and it will evolve in the future as our knowledge of history, science, systems, and consequences grows.
I'll get into many of the implications of this definition later. I'll also get into some distinctions of what exactly does or doesn't enable the long term survival of life. But for now, I just want to hear some thoughts about this bold claim. Do you agree with it? What could refute this? Can it be that the the answer to the eternal question, "What is the meaning of life?", is simply...to live!