I know what you’re thinking. That title does suggest that there is a lot going on in my mind lately, and that is true.
Let’s start at the top… 4 Tests. There are officially 4 finals standing between me and freedom. 1 Tuesday, 1 Wednesday, and 2 Thursday. All will be only partially gruesome. I also would like to inform you that one of my teachers will be lecturing during the final because he didn’t get everything covered. It’s a really good thing that I like Keats.
Partial Sanity. Whatever do you mean? you ask. Well, it’s kind of like this. I have 4 finals, my 21st birthday, my future brother-in-law’s graduation from college, 2 wedding showers, and 1 wedding standing between me and my full sanity. If it hasn’t completely died from lack of oxygen.
Now, moral ambiguity.
mor·al [mawr-uhl, mor-] Show IPA
of, pertaining to, or concerned with the principles or rules of right conduct or the distinction between right and wrong; ethical: moral attitudes.
expressing or conveying truths or counsel as to right conduct, as a speaker or a literary work; moralizing: a moral novel.
founded on the fundamental principles of right conduct rather than on legalities, enactment, or custom: moral obligations.
capable of conforming to the rules of right conduct: a moral being.
conforming to the rules of right conduct ( opposed to immoral): a moral man.
virtuous in sexual matters; chaste.
of, pertaining to, or acting on the mind, feelings, will, or character: moral support.
resting upon convincing grounds of probability; virtual: a moral certainty.
the moral teaching or practical lesson contained in a fable, tale, experience, etc.
the embodiment or type of something.
morals, principles or habits with respect to right or wrong conduct.
**This was borrowed from dictionary.com and a link has been provided with the word “Moral”
Why did I give you all of those definitions for moral? Because. There are quite a few definitions, some saying similar things and some not, but with so many definitions what is a person to do? And not only are the numerous definitions confounding, but the fact that most all of them are based on the individual. An anthropologist would look at the society as a whole in order to discuss the morality of the group. But what are we as people supposed to do?
But, my question is what do you do when the morals that you live your life by, aren’t the same morals that someone else chooses to live by? How does this affect your decisions? Just because you choose not to murder the person in order to exact revenge doesn’t mean that the person next to you wouldn’t.
I’ve been reading a lot for the past three years that I have been in college, and one common thread that I can trace through probably 95% of those texts is the question of morality. It is present in Eragon, The Octopus, Harry Potter, Fablehaven, The Age of Innocence. It is everywhere. Just thoughts to chew on, because I’ve been chewing on them for a while now.
Are some of society’s problems partially do to a society with a lack of morality and ethical understanding? And who is to say what is moral and what isn’t if it is the individual’s thoughts and actions that matter?
Oh goodness, sorry to unload on you. But you’re the only audience I have. =)