I have no idea. These days, I'm like &#^& it!
Be true to yourself and others.
And remember, smiles cost nothing.
The world is comprised almost totally of 'others'. Be nice!
I hold these views:
Live and let live; aspire to inspire, make the world better by example or beneficence. Promote dignity. Do no harm. Morality is not the child of religion, it is a victim of religion.
I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do. -Robert A Heinlein.
Hmmmm., .thinking....I have learned if I'm "too" nice, there are some who will selfishly take everything I have without any regard to me, so I have had to stop helping so many out unfortunately.
I have given a lot of money out over the years. And no one ever pays it back, which I never expected anyway. Now I have to really count my pennies -
-so-I try to be the best person I can be at all times but be careful and discerning -which isn't easy for me because I have literally given the coat off my back, my purse away because someone liked it-
but I will defend anyone who needs it. I can't help it...unless they've brought it on themselves.
Then I have to stand back and let them learn their lesson.
Well, as you can see I don't have anything pinpointed as far as morals-I just try to be the best person I can be every day.
No robbing, stealing drugs or alcohol. With those gone life is easy. I may be poor but its a simple life
The basics. Don't lie. Don't steal. Don't cheat. Don't kill. Don't butt in where you don't belong, but do stand up for those who can't stand up for themselves.
Those are some nice things to do or not do,which the bible teaches at 1 Cornithians 6:9-11 besides not stealing being violent, it mentions not being sexually immoral, an adulterous person,idol worshippers. And at Matthew 7:12 states ," All things,therefore, that you want men to do to you, you also must do to them."
I tend to embrace reciprocity as a guideline.
I like to be treated with kindness, respect. I like to think that my actions will have a ripple effect if simply viewed by others in my community or vicinity, so I intentionally try to practice open acts of kindness in hopes of inspiring the same action in others.
The underlying moral value should be the "Well Being of sentient Beings". If we start out here, then this is a moral/ethical line, that is set, and NOT contingent on the indoctrinated teachings of whether or not a "Supernatural Judge, Jury and Executioner" is watching from the nether worlds.
It is the difference between teaching ethical actions based on the use of Reciprocity and Empathetic reasoning, versus simple "Reward and Punishment" for our actions.
I figure the Golden Rule pretty much covers it. Or Wheaton's Law, which is much shorter.
Morality is what we should do based on what we are.
So, as a Catholic, I have always tended to understand my relation to the rest of God's creation as a guideline.
And my conscience and understanding have developed over my lifetime.
It is also important for me to be aware of the particular idiosyncrasies that I have due to my personal history that may unduly sway my decisions and then take them into account.
My primary challenge is in dealing with people who think that 2 + 2 = 5---whether in math or in philosophy. I have little patience with consequent ignorance---lack of due knowledge in a person.
And of course, for those of us who know and love God, we are seldom motivated by any type of "Reward and Punishment" system.
(I guess most ex-Catholics especially tend to think in terms of "Reward and Punishment" systems---apparently they left the Church because they never really understood what it is really about.)
Instead, for us, there is a quiet satisfaction that comes from living a life in harmony with both the natural and supernatural realities.
(That's another way of saying that we are "conforming our minds to that which exists"---We seek the truth, in other words.)
It fluctuates between nihilism and valuing integrity. Depends on the day, tbh.
I think respecting yourself and others is probably the backbone of what morality should be.
My morality is based on two things. Loving God with my whole heart soul and mind and loving my neighbor as myself. Understanding how God feels on matters shapes my thinking about what is really right and what is really wrong. Without that knowledge I would be relegated to learning things through trial and error. Doing it that way would cause me to learn some things that I would like to have avoided.