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What are "Morals"?

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  • Democrat
    Missouri
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    As the political drama continues on gay rights, I find a disconnect in the the group opposing the acceptance of gay lifestyles. Although, I am quick to say it is not a lifestyle that I am comfortable with in my environment. However, I cannot object within reason and be true to my morals. I Googled several approaches to "Morals" and found that the word is very hard on everybodies lifestyles, gay or not. So, I was searching on how one could be against homosexuality and be moral to all others.............it's impossible.

    Some examples: no gossiping, tell the truth, no vandalism, show courage, no sex before marriage, keep promises, no cheating, treat others as you want to be treated, be trustworty, do not judge, be dependable, respect others, forgive others, use self control, have integrity, be accountability and responsible, be patient, be loyal, respect yourself, show tolerance to others different, seek justice, be humble, serve humanity, and be generous are all together very difficult to comply. So for all those that object and advocate violent acts to Gays, I'd say you are just as immoral or more than those you judge immoral.

    Morals are our intentions, decisions and actions between good/right and bad/wrong. Morals as compared to ethics, are studied heavily in philosophy, and religion. Our cultures are studied in anthropology or thru a science of humanity. It is tied closely to a sociocultural evolution. Morality is not just about sexual deviance as aggitated by those against gay lifestyles. What one may believe is all right in a lifestyle may be not exceptable in anothers beliefs. So each person can point a finger at each other and say, "your immoral".

    What's the Protestant Bible say in the "Ten Commandments"? Do not have any gods before Me, Do not make for yourself a graven image, Do not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy, Honor your father and mother, Do not kill, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness against your neighbor, Do not covet your neighbors wife or possessions and than we have all the other biblical verses that references something against a man and man or woman and woman laying together. So how can you take some parts of the Bible and not the others? It's a disconnect that I find those as ignorant of the tolerance in humanity. It is not for us to judge...period.

    I find odd some "Morals" synonyms as compared to the antonyms in Merriam-Webster. Synonyms: allright, decent, ethical, honest, honorable, just, good, nice, right, righteous, right-minded, straight, true, upright, and virtuous. Antonyms: bad, black, dishonest, dishonorable, evil, evil-minded, immoral, indecent, sinful, unethical, unrighteous, wicked, and wrong. I assume as humanity evolves these traits change as we change, so one day maybe the acceptance of gay lifestyles will become acceptable.

    So why are the ultra-right politics spending energy and funds to battle a culture that can't be stopped? Anthropolgy teaches it is impossible to change a culture that continues to be stronger each year as it evolves. The Tea-Party and Republican strategy to fight this Gay platform is taking away their time to discuss more critical points in life, like the economy, wars, jobs, education, disease and ways to improve America. This whole agenda of the right to focus on women and gays is doomed and we should vote all these idiots out and get more educated politicians in office. I don't agree with the Gay lifestyle, but I cannot have intolerance for those that are enjoying their right to life. I'll stay uncomfortable, but will not show indifference between those that are Gay and those that are not.
  • Democrat
    Missouri
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    I assume nobody has any morals. It's a sad world, but the way it is. I wrote this to bring forth those politicians, clergy and right-wing zealots that impose "Their" morals on the rest of us just to show they are as immoral as all of us. Some more than others.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Colorado Springs, CO
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    Amcmurry --

    I read your very thoughtful post and spent some time reflecting upon it. I am certainly in agreement with most everything you have written, but what I have struggled with is how morality is perceived and practiced by different segments of the population. Mitt Romney, for example, had absolutely no problem lying again and again and again...so much so that I delved into the Mormon religious scriptures to see what it said about "bearing false witness" and it's not good. He has a place reserved for him in hell. Or maybe not...

    Justin Frank wrote an article in Time Magazine: The Root of Mitt Romney’s Comfort with Lying

    "Romney doesn’t lie. Let me repeat: Mitt Romney doesn’t lie. He is telling the truth as he sees it — and truth it is, the facts notwithstanding....This is about a conflict between evidence and faith. There is a long tradition in the Mormon belief system in which evidence takes second place to faith. This unwavering faith is central to Romney’s comfort in deflecting any examples that the press might bring up of his lying. Further, it allows him to repeat lies again and again — both personally and in political advertising — because to him they are not lies at all."

    I use this Romney example of lying as just one facet of perceived morality. I don't mean to pick on Mormonism either. Rick Santorum, a devout Catholic, was fairly loose with the facts as well...plus he really, really showed his contempt (hate?) for Obama. That's his brand of morality, and I'm sure he has 100 percent certitude in his convictions.

    Other aspects of morality...stealing, cheating, lack of tolerance, and more can be identified in many of our politicians. There's Governor Mark Sanford claiming to be walking the Appalachian Trail while cheating on his wife. As damning as Sanford's infidelity was, it should have forever kept him from holding another public office, but then the good people of South Carolina re-elected him to Congress. I suppose their sense of morality is different from mine...but all he needed to do to touch the morality of the South Carolina voters is tell them that God has forgiven him. Can't argue with that kind of morality.

    I have read books by psychologists in trying to understand the American psyche. It's complicated. I could go on but I write too long of posts for most people to have the patience to read so I'll quit now.

    From a Seinfeld episode: "Jerry, just remember, it's not a lie if you believe it."
  • Independent
    New Hampshire
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    From a Seinfeld episode: "Jerry, just remember, it's not a lie if you believe it."

    Believing a lie does not make it the truth.