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Is morality undervalued? Are ethics replacing morality?


Though similar, there are distinctions between morality and ethics. Which school of thought do you live by? Are you moral or ethical?

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Peter Hillson (Peter Hillson) says

10 months ago
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    savvydating 10 months ago

    A very thoughtful answer. Thank you. I agree with your final (last) statement.

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Tamara Wilhite (tamarawilhite) says

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    Eric Dierker (Ericdierker) 10 months ago

    But morality can do the same thing. Universally accepted that in war we kill each other. "They" can justify killing you based on morals.


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Eric Dierker (Ericdierker) says

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    savvydating 10 months ago

    Then do you not agree that a person strictly following ethical principles may not have any morals at all, since ethics are dependent on the definitions of others?


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John Hansen (Jodah) says

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    savvydating 10 months ago

    There is a fine line, Jodah. It is said that morals define personal character, and is unchanging, while ethics depend upon what a group or society chooses, so it is "other-dependent." You always keep the conversation at a higher level. Thank you.

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Vladimir Karas (ValKaras) says

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    savvydating 10 months ago

    Val,.the golden rule is "of doing" rather than "not doing." Personally, when I choose morality, fear of punishment does not enter my head. Morality is "higher" and not subject to fear at all. Humans have the capacity to choose above the animalistic.


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Besarien says

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    savvydating 10 months ago

    Thank you, Bersarian. My understanding is that morality pertains to one's character, and as such, is consistent. I do agree that many who believe they are moral are actually quite immoral.


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Annabella (Bella Sames) says

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    savvydating 10 months ago

    Plants and meat aside, if one is indoctrinated by a jihadist doctrine, then one has accepted a cultural norm, within a distinct set, that is harmful. However, morality transcends cultural norms. In ethics, there is a gray area that is not absolute.

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junkseller says

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    Eric Dierker (Ericdierker) 10 months ago

    Well said. I really want someone to set forth a plan or concept as to which is morality and which is ethics. It is so blurry it is not even a line.


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Alan (jonnycomelately) says

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    savvydating 10 months ago

    Not sure where you're going with the urination analogy. I will say that we need not re-define our current definitions of morality and ethics. It appears that some are confused about what the actual definitions are.


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