There are many reasons why people should live by a moral code. Moral is defined as concerned with the principles of right and wrong behavior and the goodness or badness of human character. As humans we are tempted with good and evil all the time, it is our up bringing and our morals that help us decide whether or not our decisions are for the good or bad. It is natural to sometimes want something we cannot have nor do something in which we have been restricted to do, it is in what we believe in that we choose the right or wrong paths.
Dr. Kent M. Keith wrote a book about moral and ethic codes. He believed these codes are what we should follow in order to be good. Dr. Keith started with the Do No Harm list. The list consisted of ‘Do not do to others what you would not like them to do to you.’ This saying has been around for year perhaps centuries. I believe this to be true. I believe in Karma and what you do to others can easily come back to you. If we would not like someone to do something to us it is not right to do it to someone else in return. More on the list was, do not lie, do not steal, do not cheat, do not murder etc. The other list was named ‘Do Good’, and this list consisted of, do to others what you would like them to do to you, be honest and fair, be generous, be faithful to your family and friends etc. (Kent M. Keith 2003, 2006).
There are many moral codes in which we should follow, it does not mean that if you don’t follow them, you are evil or bad, it’s a choice and we all have to make choices in life. Personally I think we grow up learning right from wrong, but some people are not so lucky. Some people grow up thinking, that stealing is the only way to survive in the world, that selling drugs can help put food on the table. If we grow up not truly knowing right from wrong, it is our teachers and our education that should point us in the right direction.
In life we learn right from wrong and our parents teach us how to respect ourselves, love ourselves and love others in return. We need to learn to respect ourselves and others and love ourselves and others. There are many people who do not learn to respect themselves. If we believe we are garbage we live with garbage, if we believe that we do not deserve love we will not find love. Our thoughts into the universe are so important and we need to learn how to respect and love ourselves. Children are very vulnerable and if they believe that they do not have love and respecting others is not the way to live, they will follow the wrong path.
It is important to love ourselves and know that we deserve only the best and respect from others in return. As we get older we enter into relationships, and some people enter relationships that can become abusive. If we learn to love and respect ourselves when we see that someone is not loving us or respecting us we will know that it is no good and we will know that we deserve so much better, this will help you find the strength inside yourself to leave the relationship in which is bad for you. If we do not learn to love and respect ourselves you may think that you do not deserve better, and you can fall into an abusive relationship that can lead a life of sadness and misery.
Everyone lives by a different moral code, codes that we design or a code by which god has given us. It is up to us to believe in what is moral and to believe in the righteous path in which we are supposed to live. Life is hard and it comes with many obstacles in which we need to take, it is only our moral codes that can guide us in the right direction.
Clark, K., & Poortenga, A. (2003). The story of ethics: Fulfilling our human nature
The Ten Commandements Bible list – What are the Ten Commandments? (n.a) – Retrived April 30, 2011 from http://www.the-ten-commandments.org/the-ten-commandments.html
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