by Ron Kurtus (revised 16 June 2017)
Morality or moral behavior is a set of positive character traits that follows the rules of a culture or religion.
A person who upholds high standards of decent behavior can be considered as moral. Someone who is vulgar, indecent, or dishonest can be considered immoral. People don't respect those who are immorally. They would prefer to deal with those who are decent and have high standards. The moral person feels good knowing that he or she is respected.
Questions you may have are:
- What is moral conduct?
- What is immoral conduct?
- What are the benefits of being moral?
This lesson will answer those questions.
A moral person is one whose conduct is good or virtuous, especially concerning sexual and ethical conduct. It also means that you try to do what is right and ethical.
Morality is usually based on religious laws such as the 10 Commandments. One commandment states that you should not commit adultery, but instead lead a decent life. Dedication to your family is also important is being moral.
Some people being very moral and pious, but they are also self-righteous such that they look down at others who don't adhere to their standards. The self-righteous may be moral, but are guilty of lacking character in other areas.
A person who lies and cheats is not considered to be a moral person. This is especially true for someone who deceives his or her spouse and has extramarital affairs.
A public official who takes bribes is considered unethical or immoral.
A major area in morality is pornography. These are primarily lewd and sexually oriented pictures. But also obscenity, hatred, discrimination, and intolerance are moral issues.
Benefits of morality
Being considered moral is important in being respected by others. It can result in having people prefer to deal with you than with someone of questionable morality. Such a person could lose out on getting a job or solidifying a business deal. People have little respect for a person of low morals, no matter what his or her qualifications.
Being moral gives you self-respect. You feel good about yourself when you know you are doing the right thing. On the opposite side of the coin, a female character in an Ernest Hemingway novel was living an immoral life. She was constantly taking baths, because subconsciously she felt "dirty" and was trying to wash away that feeling.
A person who upholds high standards of decent behavior can be considered as moral. A vulgar, indecent, or dishonest person can be considered immoral. People prefer to deal with those who are decent and have high standards. The moral person feels good knowing that he or she is respected.
Being respected is its own reward
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Character Rule: Morality