Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Are we morally upright?

“I know only that what is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.” –Ernest Hemingway

As what Ernest Hemingway connotes, you are moral if you feel good about what you are doing and you are immoral if you regret the things you have done in the past (and you feel bad about it).  Morality is an end in itself. If people think deeply on their purpose in life, they will prioritize their responsibilities and justify the actions they’ve made.

Most of us make decisions with respect to our practical reasons. When we comprehend moral situations, we resolve them through arguments in order to justify one’s moral views rather than appeal to feelings and sentiments. We should not use our feelings in justifying the moral to the immoral. More often than not, being moral and immoral is relative on how the person perceived each situation in his/her life.

Due to the different perceptions of people about morality, it sometimes becomes unclear or ambiguous. People are very confused on the decisions they make, because in school they were taught about good moral character and Christian values. These taught them to be morally upright persons. But when people are outside the academe, they see a lot of immoral events and situations everyday, and when they encounter it regularly, they think that this is normal. This explains why some of us make moral decisions even if we are not really sure whether it is right or wrong.

To me, the answer to the question Why should I be moral?” lies dominantly in the social relationships and natural feelings and partly in the realm of the deontological[1] view.

We should be moral in thought, word and deed. One’s discernment on morality depends on their orientation and how the family instills to them the important moral and Christian values.

[1] Deontological ethics or deontology (from Greek deon, "obligation, duty"; and -logia) is an approach to ethics that judges the morality of an action based on the action's adherence to a rule or rules. Deontologists look at rules[ and duties

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