Morality is defined as the extent to which an action is right or wrong. So in essence if you decide to harm someone intentionally then your moral code is thought to have shifted decidedly into the wrong, as harming others in any way for no good reason is not an acceptable behavior or action in a civilized society. But then what about all those that are harmed by means that are not as overt and obvious? What does it about the morality of those that do harm by proxy? How about those that cause harm by giving orders to others that go out and kill in the name of their country? Do they enjoy a moral high ground because they haven’t been on the ground performing the actions that they’ve convinced others needs to be undertaken?
Morality has been a virtue that has been over and underused throughout history.
What’s unfortunate is that morality can be used as an opportunistic device that is utilized when it grants an advantage and cast aside when it doesn’t. This undermines the idea of morality, which is meant to be much more hard-nosed and uncompromising, no matter that it might force an individual to do or say things that others will not agree with. A good example is the very idea of teaching morality to one’s children. It’s not an easy job and comes with a lot of pitfalls, but at the same time it is important and not always a popular method that teaches them what to expect society and what society expects from them.
Morality is more than just words given over to an idea, it is a very strong sense of right and wrong that guides us and unites us, and in some cases divides us as we try to figure out where we sit on the scale of what’s right and wrong. The problem with this is that too many people believe themselves to be right without weighing the cost of their confidence in what they believe in.
To some, morality is the smokescreen that is used to justify their actions and words when it is most needed. For others, it is the unwavering code by which they live that will not bend or break no matter the demands of others. Right, wrong, or otherwise, one’s sense of morality is meant to stand firm against all opposition after being considered and weighed against their own beliefs. If one’s morality continually shifts to accommodate others then they have no code, and thereby no real sense of the word.
Morality ends when people refuse to see the line between right and wrong.