Morality : Flaws

Morale rights, morality is defined as principles concerning the distinction between rights and wrongs. Also defined as a particular system of values, especially one held by a specified person or society.

Behind each action you take, both little and big, does the thought of morality ever occur in your mind. If so, would you recognize it as the morale standards and conformity the society encourages you to become or you maintaining your own code of values.

Supposedly, an individual is amidst the society, newspaper, and people offering their distaste and complete opposition of terrorists and killers.

Yet, those same values during wartime, killing and terrorizing, are perceived as glory, respect, and shiny medals from the same society and the same people. Accordingly, certain individuals in our conformed world, unexpectedly contradict their beliefs and change their morale codes to adapt the society they live in.

Indeed, some might argue the difference between killing with bloodlust and killing with honour for the country. Nevertheless, murder is still considered an inhuman act of corruption in spite of all the justifications behind.

“There are many things worth living for, a few things worth dying for, and nothing worth killing for.” — Tom Robbins, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

Obviously, by glorifying murder, for honour, for country, or even for family, at the end, it is glorifying the twisted and distorted morality. Consequently, an individual in a society feels obligated to kill in situations, such as the war or a civil outbreak, conflicting one to follow the morale values environment deems right rather than their own conscience of principles.

Desmond Doss, unarmed in Battle of Okinawa

As complicated as it already sounds, here is an example to demonstrate a different point of view in morality. Desmond Doss, starred by Andrew Garfield, in the movie “Hacksaw Ridge” is an army medic who served during the battle of Okinawa. Doss is also portrayed as a person who refuses to touch weapons and kill the enemies in wartime.

Taken in the context, the movie is based on a real story, and a soldier refusing to carry a weapon, even more, not willing to kill in a war is viewed as equal as convicting a treason. Despite being oppressed, bullied by peers, and possibly being sent to prison, Doss maintained his own set of principles against violence, and eventually went to war unarmed while saving many lives. As a result, he is praised as a national hero who acquired the medal of honour, and most importantly, he achieved all that by being who he truly is and doing what he believes in.

By disregarding conformity, and start connecting to your own ideas is essential to maintain individuality and a prosperous life.

If discovering your ideas, your cravings, and who you truly are is so important, why aren’t people doing it?

Yet, sometimes one does not get to maintain their morale values due to environmental influence. As a matter of fact, the backlash and chaos the society creates opposing to ones who aren’t in “social norm” can be detrimental to one’s mentality and as a whole in general.

The inborn discomfort and distaste human acquires when facing different and new beliefs is distinctly shown, especially with the society’s consent.

Evidently, it sums up to one’s ability to maintain internal morale values regardless of the external influences and corruption. Whereas, the inability to disregard external and perform those values results in the possibility of a broken self.

Consequently, the trait of being opinionated holds controversial on whether the quality is good or bad. Questions of the strength and the confidence one has on self-principles are asked, and the society’s view is emphasized.

Certainly, being opinionated has its downsides; yet at the same time, it creates an unique personality and a visual aspect of who you truly are. In contrast, by restricting and framing one self to social norms results in the desolation of internal beliefs and morality. In another word, one is going down a path with a death-like existence, functioning without longings and cravings.

Clearly, the environment encourages and compels one to conform into certain morale beliefs. Undoubtedly, adapting to those external beliefs are equivalent as adapting in the world we live in. Yet, at the same time, it leads to the loss of one’s morale code and the qualities that define the person. Thus, by recognizing the flaws in social morality and following one’s most authentic values can one’s principles be maintained and prolong.

“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.” — Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Grey

Johnny Yang