Morality - The Pre-existing Doctrine

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Morality; The Pre-existing and Universal Code

Morality: A doctrine or system of moral conduct; particular moral principles or

rule of conduct.

To say that modern morality consists in accepting the standard of one's age is to

suggest that human morality changes with the passing of time. This statement is just

unacceptable. Morality is not something of a fad. It should not go through trends like

clothes or popular music, morality is the foundation in which our society is embedded in,

a foundation from which human values and standards derive from. If we are to agree that

these values and standards are flexible within the boundaries of time, and that they contain

within them no ground rooted substructure in society, then there is no way in

distinguishing the difference between right and wrong. Morality is what identifies the

principles in which man exists, to seperate good from bad, and right from wrong, and

every society should strive to discover and achieve these principals.

Morality should not

change over time even though cultures and social stratifications do, what was morally

right three thousand years ago is morally right today and should be morally right three

thousand years from now. Only with universal principles can we as collective society

discover what is right, what is wrong, and what is best, therefore there exists not modern

morality but simply morality.

An empirical philosopher, W.T. Stace, argues that if we believe all morals are

culturally relative, it is impossible for us to judge what is best. Although admitting he

does not know what is best, he concludes that it is the responsibility of man to discover

what is. He does not dispute that moral customs and moral ideas differ from country to

country and from age to age, but that the fact that...