Who am I?
Who are you?
What does it mean to be human?
What exists outside myself?
What is the universe?
How does the universe work?
Where did I come from?
Where did you come from?
Where did the universe come from?
Where am I going?
Where are you going?
Where is the universe going?
How do I get to my ultimate end?
How do you get to your ultimate end?
How does the universe get to its ultimate end?
THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH TEACHES:
Accurate answers to these questions do exist because reality is real. We human beings each individually believe some accurate and some inaccurate answers to these questions. Our discussion should be a mutual search for accurate answers. We human beings can find accurate answers using reason/intelligence/intellect.
All the accurate answers as a group are called the Objective Moral Order. The Objective Moral order dictates the Natural Law. The Natural Law is how we achieve true happiness in reality. The Revealed Law – in the Bible – breaks open the Natural Law.
Ethics/Norms of Behavior are applications of Natural Law to particular situations. Each person’s Ethics / Norms of Behavior derive from each person’s answers to the above questions. Together, we can get a much more accurate view of the Objective Moral Order and of the Natural Law and of Ethics than any of us can obtain individually.