What is morality?

Morality is the force of "how to be" in this human existence. "How TO BE" is the force of "being" in this world. As we exist, we be. How we be is the question of what it means to be moral. Morality would ask the question of human existence, "what is the greatest way "to be" or to live? Life, Death, Right, Wrong, Good, Evil are concepts used in morality to describe opposing ends or dualities. Morality tries to define these concepts. Can they be defined? Or was it something human beings created? Who really knows?

Morality comes in the form of sympathy, empathy, moral philosophy and adopting laws and traditions, it is what regulates our behavior.


Morality is the highest standard for human behavior. But you cannot understand what is moral before you understand human behavior and what is good and what is right. It is also based upon self understanding because if you do not understand yourself, you will not be able to understand others, their behavior and the nature of being human. It is human nature that creates what we are and our rules for behavior.

All behavior is judged based on how well or how poorly it fulfills our basic and higher human responsibilities. These obligations come in the form of human instincts such as the sex drive, the mothering/parental instincts, self-preservation and others which create all of our most important daily and life long behavioral goals. These instinctual drives, forces, feelings and their accompanying mental yearnings are satisfied or fulfilled through the proper behaviors which are pre-designed to relinquish them.

The proper behaviors that fulfill these human responsibilities in turn then lead to newer, higher goals to fulfill, to complete. However what about human emotions? They are designed as our unthinking signs and indicators as to how well or how poorly we are fulfilling our human instinctual obligations. Our instincts create all of our responsibilities and goals in life and our emotions help to guide to those objectives. This is the reason or purpose to instincts and emotions being part of the human design. What is good fulfills human instinctual obligation on a base level of the individual, in the narrowest scope of the here and now.

Right behavior fulfills human instinctual obligation not just for the individual but for others affected by his words and actions. Those affects last for a longer period of time. What is moral is behavior that fulfills human instinctual responsibility for oneself and all others affected by ones behavior for the longest period of time, preferably a lifetime. What is good fulfills the instinct of say, self preservation. The need to keep warm, clothed and fed.

What is right is to fulfill the requirements of comfort, well being and social acceptability, all facets of that instinct for oneself and ones family and neighbors. What would be moral is to fulfill those same responsibilities for oneself, ones family, neighbors, community and others who would benefit from that persons words, actions and behaviors. Where base instinctual requirements cause the individual to seek immediate gratification, the higher, moral goals would have him create lasting fulfillment. This is a very simple explanation of a very complex answer.

In its most fundamental form, morality is the ethical code of conduct an individual follows that distinguishes "right" from "wrong." Depending upon the culture or society in question, morality and ethical codes can vary. Some people rely on religious doctrines to define their morality, whereas others take a more pragmatic approach. There are also individuals who take morality to an extreme and force their ethical views on others; along with that, people can also disregard and reject morality as a whole (nihilism) because they view it as a hindrance to their lives.

Essentially, morality has no direct, objective definition and even if it does, people will likely value their own reasoning over the latter. Everyone defines morality and ethics differently, based on anecdotal events, spiritual beliefs, and subjectivity. Something that may be "moral" to one person (e.g., abstinence) might be "immoral" to another due to the discrepancies between the two. Nonetheless, it's difficult to define morality because in fact, you are the one who defines it for yourself. Whether you're right or wrong, though... That depends on the perspective.
Thinking about the impact that what you say and do has on the world and others. To try and eliminate your selfish motivations.