Let’s use an example of parenting and children. When a child gets ready to eat a meal and decides not to sit down at the table with the family, and then cries to his mother “I want a cookie” what does the mother decide? It will temporarily keep the child quiet so we can get through dinner. What’s wrong with giving the child a cookie? What are the long and short term results of giving him the cookie? Is it unfair not to give him what he wants?
In this example, what knowledge will the child retain from this experience?
Perhaps it is possible that on these small, seemingly harmless issues we are just misinformed or unclear about whether or not they are moral. When unclear, what resources do we use to provide clarity on confusing situations? Do we feel we have a friend with more understanding of moral values than we have to seek advice from or use some sort of a guide to help us make decisions that may compromise our values?
Society is constantly bombarded with tests on moral issues, in which we fail by taking the one which will benefit us most, thus compromising our morals. Have we grown into tolerating immoral situations and stamping them as the only decision we could make?
Morality is about making wise decisions based on a common belief of what is right and wrong.
Iffy or what is commonly known as gray areas, are issues which take much more consideration for us to make the proper decision. Many decisions on the topic of morality have to do with personal gain, whether it is monetarily, or possibly pride. Sometimes it’s simply the easiest choice to cope with. This leads to whether we become selfish in our decision making or we choose our actions to be helpful for everyone.
We must base our decisions and answers on what we know are good and fair. When we must rely on people in leadership roles to help us make a decision, how do we know if they will give us the best advice and what will we compare the advice to?
The Holy Bible promises wisdom, health, knowledge and fearlessness when we do what is morally best. On the other hand death and destruction follow immorality. Upholding moral values require discipline and perseverance. Have we gotten too far away from the teachings of our forefathers whom applied these values in their life?
There must be a constant thread running through the concept of morality to ensure that we, as individuals are making the decisions which are good and fair. We have slowly adapted the disease of immorality into our individual lives. The banning of “One Nation, Under God” has been nearly removed from our pledge as Americans. No longer can most people display the Ten Commandments.
What happened to going to your neighbors’ house to borrow a cup of flour and opening our door to our neighbor? Maybe it’s time for us to reflect, open our eyes to see what effect our individual morality has on our nation and the world.
The easiest way is not always the best way and I’m sure there are a lot more people out there with this point of view.
What do we now use to base our moral values on?
Morality has begun a steady decline since the beginning of time. More and more tolerance is given by individuals providing lead way to commit immoral actions. When we have tolerated the small issues, we become numb to the larger issues. We begin to lose our moral values little by little by agreeing with the small immoral issues. Our society thinks it is being too strict if we are intolerant to small incidences of immorality.