As I struggled to invent a name for this blog/ site/ endeavor/ experiment I went through the things in life that intrigue me most. Human morality is a concept that I strive to understand. Understanding it can be difficult because of the complexity of human emotion. What is moral to one person is not to another. Is there a universal morality as some philosophers claim? Is morality more whatever is relevant to those involved at the time?
Some would say there is a universal morality. An example would be murder. Murder is generally considered immoral by today’s society. Was it always so? During the Inquisition, most people felt that by murdering those who committed sins against God was a moral obligation. It was not only moral, it was deemed necessary by many people. Yet I mentioned in today’s society, not a few hundred years ago.
So, despite the past, murder is now considered immoral thus proving a universal morality. What about killing someone in self-defense? Well, that is only protecting yourself, not murder. Murder was assumed to mean the unlawful killing of another person. What about cornering the person who murdered your mother, sexually assaulted someone you love, tortured a close friend? Would you feel justified in taking that evil person’s life? Some would say yes, it was justified as in the self-defense example. Although it was illegal, it is still moral. Others would take a different stance stating it is never moral to take another life, no matter the reason.
So you see, morality can be a puzzle. You can eventually make sense of it all, but it takes patience. The craziest part of the morality puzzle is that once it is successfully put together, the final image looks different to every viewer.