Monday, January 21, 2013

Men and Morality: The Need for It

Man is human by nature. Humanness is attributed by the possession of the qualities of thinking ability, interaction, care for others, sense of feeling and attachment, etc. Humanity as a whole refers to people having all these qualities. So humanity is a synonym for collection of people with all these human attributes of love, care, reasoning power, emotions, social activity and interaction, morality, etc.

Morality is generally meant to refer to the good character of human beings. Generally, we refer to a person as moral if he possesses all good qualities such as honesty, sympathy, love, kindness, chastity, etc. And a person is immoral if he does not have these qualities. But logical definition of morality does not refer to being good or bad. It refers to the character of an individual in a society.

Now, what is the significance of morality or moral values? Man lives not alone but in company. There are so many people around him and he can not ignore them. He needs to inter act with them very frequently. He can't live alone with out others. Neither can he restrain from action. To live, he has to act. When he acts, his actions affect other people around him. It can be either good or bad effect. His action may disturb other person's life or living conditions. So he should act prudently so as not to disturb other person's life. Here morality enters into the field or the need for morality arises.

If you are to live and let others live, you have to set forth some moral values within you. You should think before you act in terms of any hurdles being caused to your surrounding people. You must care for their peaceful life without any disturbances being caused by your acts.

One may think that he is free to do anything under right to freedom. But right to freedom is not for you alone. Each one has his right to freedom. So you must not enter into his field of freedom. If every one has to enjoy his right to freedom there must be some adjustment among people. And this adjustment is through some code of conduct or ethics and moral values of the society. So the need for Ethics and Morality arises if you have to live in the society.

So maintain a reasonable moral character. Give and take respect. Maintain your faiths and beliefs but respect others' faiths and beliefs also. Don't hurt their feelings either by speech or actions. Make your society tension free and a better place to live in.