The Separation of Church and State: Right of Wrong?
Every business ethic is based on an experienced understanding of long term cause and effect; of an inherent respect for right and wrong, driven by a logical standard, which often conflicts with and requires defiance of, religious instruction. Our laws reflect this dilemma as well.
From birth, we have associated our own goodness to our religious ties, never thinking to comprehend the possibility of another source—our own life-generating power. Throughout history, we have been told that the purpose of morality was “to serve God.” War-torn European citizens needed relief from this view, which from one dominion to another, kept men at odds. They came to the New World to establish a civilization that dispensed with ideological struggle, based solely on the common respect of what is physically necessary for all men to survive in peace. The actual focus of morality in practice, is and always has been, to preserve and further human life. A proper definition of morality leaves no foothold on the human body, and that is why it has been kept from us for so long.
By spotlighting indigence instead of fostering ability, by giving preference to faith versus rationality, by supporting social adjustment rather than independence, by advising mercy towards guilt instead of justice for innocence, organized religion inverted morality and turned it against Man. Instead of a pat on the back for our effort, we were infused with an answerless guilt. This moral inversion has allowed us no connection between healthy spirituality and the work we have done. We have never received the spiritual reward we deserve, by proper moral acknowledgement of our greatest productive endeavor—American free enterprise, and that fact reinforces the case for our separation of church and State.