Monday, August 20, 2007

Morality, On Focus

“Without doubt the greatest injury...was done by basing morals on myth, for sooner or later myth is recognized for what it is, and disappears. Then morality loses the foundation on which it has been built.”

- Herbert Samuel (1870 - 1963)

Moral as it has been defined in the modern dictionaries is concerned with the goodness or badness of character or disposition or with the distinction between right and wrong. It deals primarily with the regulation of conduct, apprehensive with the rules of morality.

The highlighting of the modern source is noteworthy for the natural system of morality since there is a presence of such inevitable change. The far-reaching change of the society on some standards perhaps contributes to the series of alteration in human morality. We have a common knowledge of what is right or what is wrong once we are exposed to our anticipated surrounding. But as we grow, we discover the inapplicability of those particular set of standards instilled to us, due to the influence of other dominant cultures and even our own cultural adjustments. It is expected that we are prepared to cross and to analyze the divergence of mostly accepted customaries to that of the emerging beliefs brought about by social changes.

Morality may in one way or the other reveal a new set of rules for people to deal with, making it contradictory to the preexisting goodness. This is an issue of the present times, where the generation has been embedded on that same set of beliefs where inescapable factors attempt to intervene --- resulting to the modifications that are considered obligatory. As a well thought out cycle, this same instance will happen for the next generation, as we take into consideration that there is no such thing as permanence.

As a student getting hold of knowledge spontaneously, it is imperative that curiosity does not stop at a solitary point. The question remains unanswered on the subject of who lays down apparently the enumerated do’s and don’ts of life alongside the basis/foundation to consider morality.

We visualize morality in a different perspective as it may seem. It is like situational. It is relative. We have come to a decision where we are bound to choose which of the things are good or bad, right or wrong. But it remains that until now, there are structured morals that are not yet busted for it is simply recognized as the real goodness. Although there are morals that are worth preserving, we are the ones who make its tip disparaging.

The course of morality is the dealings of every individual. It is being represented by human natures which includes dichotomy, self jurisdiction, self principles, and ideology or let us say philosophies in life. Person’s dichotomy pictures out our tendency to have two beliefs --- the belief as a mere obligation and the belief as duty calls for it. For an instance, our stand as to whether human evolved from apes. We scientifically declare our position regarding this, since we are inside the academe; and on the other hand, we contradict the previous proposition, when we are inside a place of worship. And as we maintain our distinctiveness, everything follows. In fact, morality as the identification of goodness/badness starts in the realm of the present situation everyone is intended to experience. But merely, ethics and science need to shake hands.

Mores, social rules prescribing behavior of individuals in a society, which, if violated, result in strong disapproval or punishment. Mores are considered to be part of the folkways of a people—that is, the shared behavior common to all.

Along human’s morality, personal choices come into view. This entails the person’s right to choosing what is good for his/her. Having said such, we should take into account the consequences of such decisions and along this process of assessment, this opens an avenue for morality – to distinguish good/ bad; right/wrong.

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