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What are morals?

Real question... It seems like I keep hearing the word more and more from people... But what are morals? Is it different from person to person? Belief system to belief system?

I mean, what I see as morals are FAR from what others seem to see as morals... So what defines them as morals?

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Asked by Anonymous at 11:30 AM on May. 23, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

Answers (7)
  • To me morals have nothing to do with your religious beliefs. To me, morals are things you will not do. Or you can call them rules you go by in life.

    Answer by louise2 at 11:42 AM on May. 23, 2010

  • Morals are your personal ethics- what you consider to be right and wrong. Morals can be circumstantial- is stealing to feed your children because your husband left you destitute more wrong than stealing to support a drug habit? It can also differ based on a society- polygamy in America is frowned upon, but in other countries it is the norm. Morals can be effected by religion, society, social status, and even gender.

    Answer by Annabel1809Lee at 11:55 AM on May. 23, 2010

  • ethical motive: motivation based on ideas of right and wrong


    Answer by older at 12:01 PM on May. 23, 2010

  • Of or concerned with the judgment of the goodness or badness of human action and character: moral scrutiny; a moral quandary.

    * Teaching or exhibiting goodness or correctness of character and behavior: a moral lesson.

    * Conforming to standards of what is right or just in behavior; virtuous: a moral life.

    * Arising from conscience or the sense of right and wrong: a moral obligation.

    * Having psychological rather than physical or tangible effects: a moral victory; moral support.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:34 PM on May. 23, 2010

  • * Based on strong likelihood or firm conviction, rather than on the actual evidence: a moral certainty.

    * The lesson or principle contained in or taught by a fable, a story, or an event.

    * A concisely expressed precept or general truth; a maxim.

    * Rules or habits of conduct, especially of sexual conduct, with reference to standards of right and wrong: a person of loose morals; a decline in the public morals.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:35 PM on May. 23, 2010

  • Basic morals are not hurting anyone or infringing on their rights.  Beyond that, morality is a personal thing.


    Answer by beeky at 3:25 PM on May. 23, 2010

  • morals are beliefs about right and wrong. although there are often morals associated with religions, morals are not limited to religion or religious people or groups. ethics are a little different - they are a philosophical ideas about right and wrong based on what constitutes the greatest good. morals theorectically dictate a peron's actions based on their concepts of right and wrong.

    Answer by figaro8895 at 4:08 PM on May. 23, 2010

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