Some of the basic stuff has a good ethical/moral ring to it - don't bare false witness against your fellow man, don't murder, etc. But I have to agree, some of the laws are a bit beyond morally questionable. Nothing proves the point more than low to mid 20's Deuteronomy. Classics like verse 21 where it spells out what to do when you're beating up your enemies and find among them some pretty young lass you want for yourself. For some reason, this includes shaving her head and "humbling her". And if you later discover you don't really like her, you can just dump her. Oh, but you can't sell her for money. I guess that's sort of moral...ish?
But verse 25:11 takes the cake for me. I actually thought this was a sarcastic joke when I first heard it. Basically, if a man and his neighbor are fighting for some reason, and the neighbor smiteth the crap out of the man, and the man's wife comes to rescue of her now smitten man, and... oops! accidentally puts her hand on the neighbor's privates while attempting to rescue her husband... the fighting is to cease immediately, and the husband is to cut off her hand!! Oh, and he is also specifically told not to feel sorry for her. In what universe is this moral??
As for the morality and common sense thing, what is wrong with that one small saying?
Treat others the way you would want to be treated.
I think the context of that could be applied in this manner; before saying or doing anything, take a few seconds to think about what you're going to do next and ask yourself if the shoe was on the other foot, meaning you were about to be on the receiving end of what you were about to say or do, would you really want to say or do it to someone else?
It's not complicated. If people could just apply that one small, insanely simple thing, things would be so much better in so many ways, I think.
Just the not enough coffee yet this morning commentary from a flaky old bat. I'll go back to lurking now.
Nice stamp, though.