How can a society continue to prosper if there is no standards or common acceptance of what is good and what is bad?
It can't. So why have we no such standards? Probably because our society is inundated with religion, which of course precludes any possibility of distinguishing good from bad since it only focuses on trying to figure out what God wants, regardless of the nature of the acts themselves.
So, in a religious society, going on a crusade to murder thousands of innocent people is perfectly fine if you think God wants you to do it; tying a woman to a post and setting her on fire is A-OK if you think God wants you to do it; torturing people in an inquisition makes you a hero if you think God wants you to do it. There's really no act that could possibly be wrong in a religious society if the person believes God wants them to do it, and therefore no possibility of any moral standards in such a society. So, if a society has no moral standards, the proper place to look for a cause of that might be the pervasive institution that prohibits its adherents from having any.
This post was edited on 3/14 at 11:27 am