What is morality? How is it different from ethics? Do we just make it all up to suit our fancy?
Morality is a code of personal values. Those values are intended to guide all choices and actions.
Choices and actions (made according to our values) determine the purpose and course of our life.
Ethics, as a science, deals with discovering and defining such a code.
Why does man need a code of values?
1.If survival is necessary; rules of survival are necessary.
Can we eat a poisonous fish and survive? The Japanese do because they have rules for removing the poison glands.
Some people survive better than others. Their rules are better and their understanding is superior.
2. Thinking and productive work are essential to survival. Correct thinking and beneficial labor improve the conditions of life.
Irrational thinking leads people to waste their time and their actions produce little of benefit. If you have ever watched Cops or the Jerry Springer show you know what kind of people these are. Alcoholics, druggies, risk-takers apply unproductive values to their actions and personal chaos results as a consequence.
3.To live is an act of choice. By not ending life we choose it. Somewhere in between it is the __quality__of life that is at stake.
The purpose of MORALITY is to teach you, not to suffer and die, but to enjoy yourself and live a healthy and prosperous life.
4.Wrong actions are the result of poor thinking and personal rules that simply don't work
Immorality is acting on rules that don't work. The results are destructive because the human is at conflict with reality. Reality inflicts real damage.
5. There are 2 sides to every issue: one side is right (it works) and other is wrong (doesn't work), but the _middle_is always evil.
A man can find he is wrong and still respect the truth, accept responsibility of wrong choice. The man who is right needs make no apology. But, the man in the middle is the joker who blanks out the truth in order to pretend that no choice or value exists.
6.Man must choose his actions, values and goals by the standard of that which is __proper__(i.e. it works) to man--in order to achieve, maintain, fulfill and enjoy that ultimate value, that end in itself, which is his own fruitful and comfortable life (that works).
What are your views on morality?