“Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere. Gilbert K.” ~ Chesterton
With the upcoming elections in America, the question of morality has come up more than once. What does it mean to be moral? Morality has a different meaning to different people, what you or I may deem moral may mean immoral to someone else and vice versa. Often it’s people from the same or similar societal back background who share the same moral views.
But toss religion, politics or personal circumstance into the mix the analysis of those moral rights and wrongs produces infinite possibilities of values, every moral value will have some truth in the eye of that person.
So in the moral debate who is right and who is wrong? The prostitute on the corner or the preacher in the pulpit? The supporters of Donald Trump or the supports of Hillary Clinton? They all are and none of them are! Confusing right? The key to making sense of it all is that there is no universally right moral value system. Morality is the act by which we as human beings treat each other; When you have a society making the list of moral values keep in mind that these values were created to suit their ideals. Anyone outside of those social boundaries has a choice to accept or reject those values.
In the heat of this electoral season and every day living for that matter, remember that everyone has a right to their own opinions. Everyone has a right to live their life without prejudice of race, religion, profession, sexual orientation and however else society have categorised the masses these days. Universal moral standards usually stem from baseless declarations used to justify whatever agenda is prevalent to them at the time.
©Etta D. Richards