You are reading the ongoing writing process for a new book of daily reflections/meditations. Already published by this author is “Cast A Long Shadow”, 90 daily reading for our journey through life. This book is now available as a Kindle e-book, (you don’t need to have a Kindle to download and read it on your computer) as well as still being available direct from the publisher, on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.ukand other Amazon European sites
There are those who will tell you that there is one, very strict, set of moral codes.
Those that hold to this belief normally also know that they, and they along, know the truth about people’s motives and that we all fail to meet these standards.
At the other extreme, there are some people who hold that everything is relative, and that no one should worry about what is moral – the only thing to be concerned about is if we get caught or not.
Of course, most of us are somewhere in between the two poles here, but we often stand firm on a few moral areas that we see as unbreakable, and reject the idea that morals are just “not being caught out”.
I think the majority of us would accept that accept that not breaking the law is a moral thing to do, and yet how many of us have not occasionally (or often) broken the law by driving above the speed limit?
We think that telling the truth is the right and moral thing to do, and yet we find that a lie or a half-truth comes almost unbidden to our lips from time to time.
And those who are so sure of what the moral thing in every situation really scare me, as much as those who do not believe in any moral code frighten me.
I am not God.
I don’t get to decide if what others do is moral or not.
But nor do I have a get out of jail free card – I am responsible for my actions; I am responsible for following my moral sense.
All of us have an inner story that tells us what is right and wrong – it is part of the human makeup.
But we each have a slightly different sense, and to simply reject out of hand every other moral view is the height of arrogance.
There may be a set of moral guidance that cannot be changed, but it is not likely that any one of us will understand it all.
What we can do is to act in the most moral way we know how to, right here, right now.
And as we walk the road of life, we may pick up more morals – or find we have to lay some aside – as we find our way to our destination.