( I wanted to type this better and in a bit more detail than i have but i feel i already went to long so might add more later if people find this not to terrible )
This is something i have thought about lots in the last several years of my life, due to my changing opinions and new information on it and trying to discover what my morals and ethics mean to me.
In going into this the process I feel I am coming to a conclusion as to what morals really are and what impact they have on society and my own personal world view.
This is a topic in which to I hope to generate discussion to learn new ideas, as I feel I may be reaching the limit of my own imagination on the topic unless i get new data and i hope of course that it as should always happen provoke others to think.
I thought the best way to explain my points is to break it down so I can translate my gibberish thoughts into english.
What Morals are.
There are two main types of morals personal and societal.
Personal morals appear to me to be a mixture of opinions, emotion, intuitive reasoning, often influenced by society, based on ‘belief system’ (religious or otherwise aka marxism) and with a smattering logic.
As where societal morals are simultaneous more complicated and simpler due to the fact they are basically what society agrees on as right or wrong and as this rarely happens it makes it a very complicated and very subjective issue.
Why they are subjective.
Upon first glance many things appear to be clearly right or wrong, intuitively many people feel this and there is a clear indication of some sort of overall defining morality. However once delved into the evidence ,however contrary to our intuitive reasoning and emotions, points subjectivity all throughout human history in every aspect of culture, religion, society, individually, and even to some extent the judiciary system.
This is because and best discovered by examining societal morals. All through history what is right and wrong has shifted constantly based on, economics, religion, personal experiences of individual members or that society, politics, philosophers, technology and more. Some things are often justified or a necessary evil or ignored we do this incredibly efficiently in society one of the best examples is for example slavery something that persists greatly to this day. Sweatshops are a great example as is sex slavery that is rampant in asia and europe and many forms of hard labour agriculture and industry in many of the 3rd world countries .
This is something that most people at least in modern society do not support and has been condemned many times throughout history yet still exists?
This is due to the subjectivity surrounding the this issues and the support it gets in some areas for people who either like it or support it or see it as necessary whether for personal or economic reasons.
Other examples of this are seen constantly in our society a more recent example is stuff like Ecoterrorism while based on something that is supposed to be ‘good’ its perverted by a small culture/society into something that can have and has had a harmful impact. Such statements such are “The means justify the ends” are attributed with this type of morality.
anyway i have typed a lot and don't want to turn this into a novel :p
In short i will end on saying how in an age where what's right and wrong changes in society every 5 years can we define morality as an Objective and static thing ?