There Is No Room For Morality

For years I operated under the idea that morality, like all things that stem from our inherent belief in an omnipotent and omniscient parent figure, isn’t perfect. We were taught right from wrong without really knowing why it was right or wrong. As children with limited grasp of reason and rational, I suppose such lessons were effective. You did exactly what you were taught. Without question, without fail.

If you fast forward 20 years later, as individuals who are starting to make their way into the world, those lessons still stick, so do the methods in which we follow without question. The world is painted black and white for many people. Without exceptions of concepts of their own, people are lead to believe something is right or wrong simply because that’s the only thing they were taught. There is no grey for them.

There is only their own and unquestionable prejudice.

So maybe there is a different way. A way that you need to be brought up in. A way that few people I know are able to grasp offhand. You tell people of a grey world. A world where there are no hard written rules of black and white. Where you rationalize the reasons why you do something or why you don’t do them and those reasons don’t end with someone else telling you “just because”.

While morality teaches you the belief of right and wrong, ethics teaches you the ideas and thoughts that separates the better choice or not. In a world so twisted in the face of humanity bent on categorizing every facet of our own actions, maybe deciding for yourself whether something is worth your time spent on it is much better than waving it off because it doesn’t agree with what you’ve followed all the while. Maybe we’ve reached a point where making the better choices isn’t about determining what’s right and wrong anymore, especially if lies and half-truths rely on our own prejudices of right and wrong.

It’s about time we start thinking for ourselves rather than believing in others what you should or shouldn’t do. Unfortunately most people are too lazy and ignorant to figure that out for themselves. So the problem goes on and on and truthfully, I can’t even begin to see the solution for it at all.

You’d think that changing the world would come with a better how-to manual. You’d think.

6 thoughts on “There Is No Room For Morality

  1. I should hope people wouldn’t need to fast forward as much as 20 years before they start questioning beliefs and thinking for themselves!

  2. This post somehow reminded me of one of John Mayer’s song:
    “we just feel like we don’t have the means
    to rise above and beat it
    so we keep waiting
    waiting on the world to change”

    Maybe everybody is waiting on everybody to change. So nothing ever happens. What’s new. :/

    Yes, I’m also surprised at the lack of critical thinking and judgment of some people nowadays.

  3. Almost Loved: It’s a vicious cycle. People expect other people to make a difference, but all differences are shot down because they are different. Those that prove that being different leads to success are only envied and disliked, but never emulated. A lesson that’s imparted onto the next generation and the next.

  4. I think the question of morality and ethics in most people is not further explored because they have already been handed down a set of guidelines, it is not a case of willful ignorance. For the majority of the population which looks outward to find answers, it’s an enormous undertaking for them to learn to re-orient themselves to look inward and explore ethics. It’s because people accept these guidelines as self-evident reality, by the fact that the guideline itself exists they cannot refute it. Just as these people accept the morality that is taught to them, they cannot refute the existence of moral ambiguity if it is presented to them. It is up to the people who have been chanced with the inquisitive disposition to share their experiences. People are irreversibly affected by everything they come in contact with.

  5. “The world does not need tourists who ride by in a bus clucking their tongues. The world as it is needs those who will love it enough to change it, with what they have, where they are.” – Robert Fulghum

    I think the question of morality and ethics in most people is not further explored because they have already been handed down a set of guidelines, it is not a case of willful ignorance. For the majority of the population which looks outward to find answers, it’s an enormous undertaking for them to learn to re-orient themselves to look inward and explore ethics. It’s because people accept these guidelines as self-evident reality, by the fact that the guideline itself exists they cannot refute it. Just as these people accept the morality that is taught to them, they cannot refute the existence of moral ambiguity if it is presented to them. It is up to the people who have been chanced with the inquisitive disposition to share their experiences. People are irreversibly affected by everything they come in contact with. The person that feels the dissatisfaction of an imperfect world and does nothing is tantamount to the unquestioning moralist.

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