Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Morality

We tend to make things confusing when we are discussing issues like morality and ethical behavior. We often think about lifeboat stories where we have to decide on who will be tossed overboard in order to save the rest or we will all die. No simple answer seems to come to mind.

But what is morality? What is it's essence?

How we determine whether given actions are right or wrong or simply what we stand up for.

This is when actions speak louder than words. When someone states they stand for honesty but steals pencils from work or states they are for equality but won't tolerate any contradiction to what they want to do. Which speaks louder action or words.

We can often see many different contradictions where people seem to accept what someone says over what that person is actually doing. We see people turning a blind eye to what is actually being done and then being shocked when it happens to them.

If we need to know what a persons morality is then all we have to do is watch their actions. The same is true for ourselves. Morality is not a debate but our lives in action in every moment whether we are being observed or not.

Your thoughts?

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2 conversations:

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

Actions have always spoken much louder than words. Doing the right thing even when no on is looking is a step in the right direction.

I have always believed that silence is acceptance. If you see something that is wrong and do nothing you are accepting that wrong.

Another great post Peter. Have a great weekend. Off for a long weekend on the boat. :)

Peter Haslam said...

Have a great weekend Sandee :)