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Humanity Defining Morality

Updated on June 26, 2018

Morality

Can Humanity Ever Define Morality

In short the answer to this question is of course we can, but let's think about this more in depth and impartially.

By stepping back and viewing morality from an external impartial point we can see that most of what we tribute to morals come from social constructs such as laws and religious beliefs. If morals are defined by social constructs they are a product of humanity and part of what makes society function. Morals are not a product of nature as they is no visible evidence of morals existing within the animal kingdom. Thus, the human race created morals in order to define how we act when interacting with other humans.

With that being said we are each allowed to make choices and take actions that we deem to be o.k. based on our own view of the situation and the circumstances. Basically every single human being is free to do whatever they wish whenever they want, but they will have to suffer the consequences. With this in mind, without consequences for our actions humanity would have a totally different set of morals and beliefs.

In a world of no consequences morals would be even more crucial to structure of each society, but in line with this and no way to enforce the moral standing society as we know it would cease to exist. Every day life would be turned on it's head and chaos would reign throughout daily life impeding the existence of humanity as a whole.

See it is the consequences of our actions that prevent us from undertaking certain actions and not just the fact that it would be immoral. This is because each individual is allowed to view the world as they see it, and chose which morals they want to adopt. Since this is the case we can extrapolate that humanity as a whole is not capable of setting a moral standard for itself. This claim harks back to the fact that each and every human being is capable of having their own morals and moral standards.

In closing there is hubris in the fact that we define our own morals but they only apply if we chose that they do or not. Thus we are victims of our own complexity and for a true moral standard to be derived it would have to be from a completely external source and not from our own words and thoughts.

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