Morality is only moral when it is voluntary. Lincoln Steffens
Moral principle is the foundation of law. Ronald Dworkin
The purpose of morality is to teach you, not to suffer and die, but to enjoy yourself and live. Ann Rand
There are those who say we are losing our sense of morality. They may be right. What was considered taboo in years past is now acceptable and often fashionable. It seems that those who are trying to hold the “high moral ground” are looked at with scorn and ridicule. Are we progressing or declining as a civilization?
It seems that “normal” behavior is shifting or “slipping” to include more and more things that used to be considered immoral. What was “gray” is now acceptable and what was taboo is now gray. Standards keep changing to include what was “abnormal”. Behaviors, attitudes, and other “differences” that were looked down on, scorned, or rebuffed in previous years are now okay. Depending upon our side of the fence, we can view this as advancement, or we may view it as moral decline and decay. Sometimes perhaps it is both. It can be a fine line between progress and decay.
Those with a moral compass and a solid foundation of basic principles to live by must navigate through these tough issues. Sometimes we seem to go too far in one direction, sacrificing morality and principles and calling that progress. However, old taboos that are no longer taboo are good examples of some tremendous progress. Discrimination and prejudice considered normal and acceptable in the past is now greatly “frowned upon”. There are many old taboos that should continue to be taboo and for good reason; they are immoral. We live in such a diverse society; it is difficult to have a homogenous mixture of standards that are acceptable to all. Diversity makes us strong in many ways; but are we losing our morality in the process? Some say “Yes”; some say “No”.
If we are not well-grounded with moral principles, values, and virtues, then the quality of life will be lessened and damaged. Journeying through life without a moral compass may well be like trying to go a perilous journey without such things as food, water, and all the necessary provisions for such a trip. It is like going through life with proper insurance to protect us against possible catastrophes. Our quality of life as well as our children’s is always hanging in the balance. If we are not guided by a sense of morality, we are slipping down the “slippery slope”. We need to always maintain a solid foundation of morality under our feet.
Challenge:. What is your morality? What principles and values do you hold sacred? Do you hold yourself accountable to principles and standards? Do you compromise and give way or do you hold onto high ground and not give way? It is easy to slip and slide. It is easy to go with the flow and follow the crowd. Sometimes, it is necessary to stop where you are and get a new heading. Use your moral compass to get back on the right track.
Wisdom:. The most important human endeavor is the striving for morality in our actions. Our inner balance and even our very existence depend on it. Only morality in our actions can give beauty and dignity to life. Einstein
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matt 6:33
Tell the righteous it will be well with them, for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds. Isaiah 3:10
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge. 2 Peter 1:5
God has given us principles to live by. They serve as a “compass” to show the way. Those that reject guidance are unwise, foolish, and doomed to fail. They are slipping and sliding down the “slippery slope”. God is his perfect wisdom knows what we need to live life successfully and joyfully. We should listen to him. He knows what He is doing and always has our best interests at heart. He knows what we need more than we ever will.
Prayer: Help me to always know in what direction to go and to go in the direction that you are leading.