Buddhist morality is Medieval
Buddhist morality developed in feudal agricultural cultures. Mostly, it is typical of such societies: similar to what you’d find in Medieval Europe or the pre-modern Islamic world. It is crude, arbitrary, patriarchal, and often cruel.
In Europe, Enlightenment rationalism enabled smart people to say “wait, that’s nasty and stupid.” Christian morality gradually became less barbarous, and evolved into secular ethics. As I’ll explain on the next two pages, traditional Buddhist morality was replaced with Victorian Christian morality in the late 1800s, and with leftish secular morality in the the 1980s. The result is that modern “Buddhist ethics” has no similarity to traditional Buddhist morality, much of which would horrify Western Buddhists.
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