Things are the way they are because we decided that’s how they should be. For example, our morals. We say stealing is wrong, therefore it’s wrong. The way we serve justice is community service, jail time, sometimes even the death sentence. But why is that? Hammurabi’s Law was “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.” If we still practiced this today, would we feel any guilt in allowing the punishment. Would our modern morals prevent us from treating others so cruelly?
Our modern morals had to develop from some place, and they are found universally. Every modern religion has some version of the Golden Rule, “Treat others the way you want to be treated.” Even with that said, some people have little to no issue discriminating against certain people. Sexism, racism, homophobia, Islamophobia, and more are extremely prevalent today. Do our morals only reach so far? Do we come to a point where we revert to getting even? Can we say, “Since your existence disturbs me, I must disturb your existence”?
The question of our morals arises a second questions, “what about ethics?” On one website, ethics was defined as having “to do with the pursuit of one’s own happiness or well-being and private lifestyle,” while morals was having “to do with other people’s interests and deontological constraints.” There are many ways to test your ethics, like the trolley car dilemma. But our ethics must be formed by our morals. So I suppose my question is are we good because we are innately good, or are we good because we have been taught this is the right way to act?Tags: ethics Morals
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