Vertical axis of morality

  • God above, Hell below
  • “high” is feeling great, “low” is feeling bad
  • feeling “up” is good; feeling “down” is bad
  • “depression” implies a lowered state
  • a morally compromised act is a “lowly” act
  • gravity is “easy” and pulls down
  • “rising above” takes effort
  • vantage points: higher is better
  • graves are in the ground; Heaven is in the sky
  • Buddhist Ten Worlds – Four Evil Paths are LOWER
  • Maslowe’s hierarchy
  • up is escape, freedom; below is crushing pressure, death
  • up is airy and light; down is oppressive and dark