Saturday 08 December 2012 – Morality – objective or subjective?

We are at a phase or epoch of human development where we must question our actions as a collective. Now more than ever we have come to realise that as a connected people we require our values, morals, behaviours and integrated actions to be in some form of alignment if we are to fulfil our instinctual mechanisms of survival. We depend on each other for survival, not only do we depend on each other to survive, we depend on each other to survival well, to satisfy some basic level of wellbeing and health. Our markers of health are dependent on the integrity and the health of others, both near and afar.

That old saying of: “not in my back yard” does not carry the same context that it once carried. In the past that perhaps meant not in one’s suburb, or city or state or perhaps country. Now that saying must place relevance and weight in reference to the entire globe. No longer can we regard physical distance as means to justify our actions not affecting us. The perception and understanding that borders are not real is becoming a reality.

What does this mean for morality though? The notion of practiced morality is based on our beliefs, experiences, thoughts, interpretations and teachings we have gathered over a period of time. These all contribute to our actions, actions which have the capacity to have a tangible effect and make a meaningful difference to another’s life or wellbeing. One may then question the importance of another’s wellbeing and what interference this may have with another’s life. As stated earlier we are at an era, which encompasses a reality of codependence. For thousands of years ancient and more modern civilisations have emphasised the connection to Earth and the importance on relying on each other in order to not only survive well, but to flourish, grow and enrich our overall experience of living. Now more than ever we rely on others to make choices that are not detrimental to the fragile Earth, choices that are not selfish and revolve purely around economic gain and choices that realise the danger of advancing one’s own life at the expense of others.

We strongly realise now that wind has no borders defined by country lines on a map, just as nuclear disasters cannot be contained to one geographical area. What this translates to is a reevaluation on our own moral judgments about life and the choices and actions we take based upon these belief systems or opinions. As a collective whole we must consider ourselves, others and our platform for life (the Earth). This means throwing in our collective moral judgements and values in to a melting pot and considering the possibility of change perhaps grounded in greater, more accurate  measures of human welfare and well being. Something to contemplate, and nevertheless for some time to come. One aspect of this conversation is for certain though, change is necessary… SS.

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