What inspires your moral code? / Where do you get your moral code from?
Disclaimer: I am in NO way claiming that you can't have a moral code. I actually want to know about other belief systems out there.
Answer by gwen20 at 9:26 PM on Jun. 30, 2011
Answer by MrsMWF at 9:26 PM on Jun. 30, 2011
Morality is subjective. The basic core of my morality is not to harm anyone or infringe on their rights. That comes from the way I was raised combined with a social conscious and common sense.
Answer by beeky at 9:47 PM on Jun. 30, 2011
Answer by mellypoo at 9:43 PM on Jun. 30, 2011
I think it's biological and evolved over time. Initially, we were able to think about our needs and how to satisfy them. As social animals, we started to realize that we can help each other to acquire what we need--that it's more efficient to work together. As social creatures, we looked out for our immediate families and that concern stretched out to our tribes (which were often extended family). We began to understand how our actions affect others, and how the ramifications can come back to affect ourselves. This sort of awareness isn't isolated to humans--it can be observed in other species as well, and they certainly don't worship any deities. I think what we consider morality is just an extension of that understanding that what we do has consequences, and we have the ability to empathize, making us keenly aware of the pain and suffering--as well as the joy--of others.
Answer by jsbenkert at 11:50 PM on Jun. 30, 2011
Answer by MrsMWF at 9:35 PM on Jun. 30, 2011
Answer by bandgeek521 at 10:00 PM on Jun. 30, 2011
Answer by KristiS11384 at 11:03 PM on Jun. 30, 2011
luvschocolate, how do the first 4 commandments work for non-Christians?
Answer by beeky at 8:22 AM on Jul. 1, 2011
I'll throw this in the mix. I am religious, but not a religion that most people (outside here where people know me) have ever heard of - or if they have, they think it's something of comic books and HORRIBLE HORRIBLE movies (ok, I feel better now).
And I mention them because contrarty to some belief, not all organized belief systems share a core set of values like be nice to people and do unto others. We have hospitality, but it's not without a trade of equal value. It's more complicated than being nice for nice's sake.
Answer by NotPanicking at 11:22 PM on Jun. 30, 2011