Does it make more sense to be a moral human or a human moralist? That is, should you hold your morals above all else, or should you adapt your morals to fit the current reality? Does it make sense to have steadfast ideals that you won't break, even if it means missing out on opportunities? Do the ends justify your means?
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Post by Liv the Librarian on May 2, 2014 22:34:39 GMT -6
I think it's better to have ideals that you uphold, but if you aren't breaking out of your moral compass to the point where you believe you are doing something immoral, then it's not bad to break your ideals to not miss out on an opportunity. I also believe that your morals automatically adapt to the current reality that you are living in. My reality has shifted so much in my life that my morals when I was 15 definitely aren't the same as my current moral compass. Some may say that I had more morals when I was younger, but I was also more naive, which is not to say that everyone who is moral is naive, by any means. That only fit for me. I also wouldn't say that I'm immoral now, my morals are just different.
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I think in general most people like to chase the ideal but work as a pragmatist, hence the use of such terms. For my own part I think choosing one classic school of ethics(deontology, utilitarianism, virtue ethics, etc) is limiting at best and fully detrimental at worst. All three have their useful bits and you get a lot more, both personally and morally, from forming a sort of hybrid ideology.
Personally I think you can sum up all of morality with one sentence and have it work, that being:
Don't be a jerk.
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i had posted a long history of my own struggle with morality, and how the ideals of childhood become lost in the brutality of a hostile world, how my life experiences changed and shaped me from a child dreaming of glory as a knight to an aging veteran who looks back with a mixture of fond memories of mateship and the regrets most veterans have. sometimes we are forced to change, sometimes events conspire to make us break our word, to do something dark. I'm not perfect, I never got to be a knight in shining armour, but all it takes to make you smile is to look at the face of a child you've helped, to take a break from your tasks and look at the people around you as they nod or smile in appreciation. It doesn't matter if you're the soldier that's sandbagging a defensive position, or the soldier (or civilian) sandbagging around their homes to protect from a flood. what matters is that to them you are the hero who is taking time from your life to show them that theirs matter.
you don't have to be the chivalrous knight to be a hero, you just have to help someone in need.