Does nature really care if you do the right thing or not?
For the pantheist, God and nature are the same thing. “It” is not alienated from itself. The real and the actual are fully converged. Whatever action I take now will have consequences in the future, meaning that the future is now, but it is also the object of speculation, which means the interpretation is wide open.
To reduce the ambiguity, hard empiricists use measurable data to verify hypotheses. The epistemic theory is that nature has imperative value that is independent of our perception. The real is alienated from the way we actually see it, or feel about it, but through careful, critical analysis (like Kant said) we come to know the truth because (existing independently) it is imperative.
The truth is categorical. Nature does not care if you properly understand it or not–but you do!
If every time you do A, B naturally occurs, and C is the measurable result, to what do you attribute the value of C. If A is burnt offerings to the gods, and B naturally occurs independently, we can all reasonably attribute the measurable result (C) to be caused by doing A. It appears that doing A is imperative for realizing C when, actually, it is the measurable result of B.
The ritual of doing A now has a causal identity (an attributive value). The value it renders is not just what we think the truth is but the power vested to produce the value of the measurable result. This is essentially the way conservatives argue “economic values and principles.”
A principle feature of conservative philosophy is that nature does not really care. Moral sentiments exist to expropriate their property, and they care because they are not like us, they are (naturally endowed) “them”–which is Ayn Rand’s “natural identity” argument, and Nietzsche’s “Beyond Good and Evil.”
Delusions of Objective Reality
The right thing to do, if you want to know the truth, is control for A, but that would an act of insubordination. That would make you “a communist or something”–wouldn’t it? So, how do you feel about that?
Is doing the right thing really unnatural, and the wrong thing categorically imperative, because in the end, with nature being the ultimate arbiter, spontaneous, random, and ambiguous, it doesn’t really matter, and so (reducing the ambiguity) who cares, anyway.
Actually, knowing natural truth and caring are really the same thing, and nature does not care whether you realize it or not. It is going to do the right thing, anyway, independently, one way or another, categorically imperative.