Mourning the Loss of Moral Boundaries


Assumption- if you have a strong sense of right and wrong, a code of morality, based in objective, universal truth (as you understand it and believe it), then you are biased.

Along with the former assumption- if you decide to speak out about it, you are intolerant.

There seems to be no middle ground. I think that has to do with politics being so entwined with morality these days- and politics, by definition, is about the two extremes of any view. Otherwise it would be called “centritics” or “middlitics.”

As a nation, I believe that at one time personal morality, those aspects of belief that tend toward people living together peaceably with respect for other’s rights, was encouraged. I feel like that was the case for a couple of reasons:
1. The basis of our national morality was that everyone is created equal with inalienable rights.
2. Everyone that came to America, from her colonial founding until now, has come seeking the freedom to live in accordance with their conscience without fear of punishment or reprisal.

Given our freedom of speech, we can each talk about our personal beliefs. And we each have the freedom to listen or to tune out. I feel that if you believe something strongly then you want others to know what you know, or at least to hear your case for it. But that does not translate to bias, discrimination, or intolerance.

This post, for me, is exactly what the title says- mourning. The next one, as in the past posts in this series, will be about making strong moral boundaries.

How has the diminishing of personal boundaries affected you?


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