What is a Moral?
There are morals and there ethics more often than not the two are conflated, yet they described in actual fact two very different things. We feel morals hence we have morality it describes behaviour and we write down ethics. Doctors have a code of ethics- morals are the prevailing standards of behavior that enables people to live cooperatively in groups, yet across groups these morals seem differ sometimes widely. This verity of moral impulses across groups has been a large problem in human history, these morals appear not only to differ among groups they change across time.
It appears that now in the twenty-fist century, we are experiencing one of these shifts in moral behavior, in nations that used to value freedom. The very way we treat each other is changing we seem to be threats to each other, social distancing, waring masks sanitizing everything. Were treating each other as a risk to ourselves and its turning into amoral imperative to act this way. What’s alarming is no one seems really be questioning it in my view there definitely resistance to changes yet people seem to be missing the mark with their argument. We seem to be walk helpless into tyranny, this tyranny seems to be the moral imperative of the day.
Nietzsche thought we could change even invent our own morals, he was wrong and right. It appears to my eye that you can. While once indoctrinated into a system of moral behavior as we are by accident of birth it is very difficult and to act in a way contrary to that imprinting to do so can enact a severe tole and torture on the soul, using the word soul in a Stoic sense. It can be changed over time and under stress, because if you want to condition something or someone using stress is an effective way to do it. Its how soldiers are trained they are trained under stress, it’s perhaps not the most ethical way to do it but it is effective. How would you turn nations of individual people that value independence and freedom like America or Britain into a nations of conformity like Japan or China? Use stress and overtime watch the behavior of individuals change according to the pressures set upon them to get a desired outcome.
I feel like a broken record my posts seem to focus now rather than on my philosophical journey, I’m focused in the loss of freedom and liberty. It’s just so dam important though part of it is that I cant really think of anything else to write about, I’m too not a very good writer. I write things then question what I’ve written and wind up having no confidence in it. I’m still coming to terms with the fact that I know nothing, I don’t really want to except that. Though it’s true. Yet here I’m trying to convince the world that were heading to dark places and were losing our free societies.
I at times wont to stop writing though I think I will continue as it is a good catharsis for me, it helps me feel like I’m doing something important. even though I’m most likely not. I hope over time as I read more and learn more that my content becomes deeper and more meaningful. As it is I’m only lightly touching on things. My next post I hope will be deeper, delving into moral behavior more deeply. There’s another thing I agree with Nietzsche deeply about that is that to reason is impulsive, reason brings us a deep understanding of ourselves and as such as knowledge effects how we behave to reason is a moral behavior. To reason helps us cooperate and exist in groups in fact I think it is the key to freedom and a free society , it is what leads us to self-limiting behaviors and allows us to act in a morally good manner. Though the difference in moral behaviors across cultures is a big problem for us, I don’t personally believe it is unsurmountable. You may call me a moral relativist, you wouldn’t be entirely wrong I believe that is what we see. Id much rather be a pluralistic moral relativist than an absolutist because that would leads to no ends of conflict with other cultures. Though that said I would agree there is a core of moral behaviour that cross culture and even species, a core of moral values that can and should be accepted. Too I would agree that there are some behaviour that some societies value that should be opposed, it’s finding that line and justifying that line that is the hard part. if everything is relative how can you say something is wrong?
I think the key to answering this is in stoicism, they teach that the the only thing under our control is our judgments, anything outside of that is an indifferent. Yet they were prepared to stand up for their rights and had a strong sense of what I good character is and infect go as far to say that only thing that can be called god is the character of person. The Stoics are know for many things the more unknown is that they stood for the principle that all people were equal part of one family, the human family. They advocated that women were equally capable as men to live a good life and study at a time when such thinking was extremely new and unpopular among the ruling classes. they were to prepared to die for there beliefs and stood up to tyranny. all with the statement that what happens outside of themselves is an inference. we could learn a lot from the Stoics in how to live a good life. in fact I plan on learning a lot form the Stoics. I hope soon to be able to explain this seeming problematic contradiction.