"I believe morality has been socially constructed in contemporary times but there still seems to be a greater meaning to this word. It as though in reality, it wouldn’t matter if "morals" weren’t socially constructed. It feels natural to feel pain, sorrow, melancholy, pity, happiness, …etc., not only for ourselves but for others. It is within our nature. At least within our Western culture, we feel certain events, certain actions are morally questionable. In the general sense, yes, morality is universal. And it appears to be constructed by ideals we hold, by standards we wish to be met or meet ourselves.
At a more personal level, one may begin to consider the importance of considering what is “good” and what is “bad”. This starts to tells us about ourselves. Rather than pretending out loud for society, we start to ponder over the reality of our intentions. Could we really kill if it means saving someone close to us? Could we kill a thousand people if it meant saving the one person we loved more than anything or anyone else in the world? Would it be wrong to choose? Would it be wrong to consider? What is wrong? Why must we faced with the decisions of the infamous fork-split path called right and wrong?
Currently, I recall on the information I have gathered from my cultural anthropology class. And that is this: as a Western society, we seem to hold views that we simply cannot apply to other societies because our cultures are different, therefore our views and ways of living are different. We cannot be subject to prejudice according to our beliefs, because these are our cultural beliefs. If we place ourselves in a society within which it is acceptable to leave the female twin infant to die because she is considered of no importance and bad omen, we have to consider how our views would change if we were raised there, having no perspective from the outside of this society.
Ethnocentrism tends to come naturally for many and possibly all cultures. This can be connected to how we tend to judge other societies according to their rituals, way of living, observing their food source, speculating the type of clothing they own, how they speak, their customs we may find harsh and barbaric. But we cannot know for certain that any one of is correct. Correct is an idea we formed. I don’t believe there is a legitimate proof for the words right or wrong. One may consider a yes or no question. The answer would either be correct or incorrect. But this is already based on another idea of what we have learned according to people, science (which is inductive), events and how it sits with us. But is there such a thing that is tangible, letting us know what “right” or “wrong” is?
This is why we may all disagree. This is perhaps why there is war. Famine. Murder. Rape. Theft. Global Warming. Corruption. Deception. Suicide.
Because no one truly knows what is acceptable. Is this or that acceptable according to the Bible? A book that may or may not have been written by the people it says it was written by? A book that may just be a story? OR a book that tells the absolute truth telling us there IS a God? And if there is a God, then we should consider all of the text, not just the ones we attempt to use against others for our advantage? If what it says it’s true, then we would all be sinning all or most of the time.
If not basing ourselves off of this book, then what? By what our parents raised us not to do ? Or by what we feel good doing and feel bad doing? Feelings derive from a sort of knowing. And this knowing would come from experience. The experience would derive from our surroundings. And our surroundings tend to be highly influential towards our decisions.”
snape wasn’t evil, he wasn’t the horrible monster some people make him out to be; he was a sad, lonely, bitter, angry man with a lot of pain, who was desperately in love with a woman who didn’t love him back, and because of all of this suffering he did some terrible things and some good things, and while the suffering doesn’t redeem him it gives him a reason. so stop demonizing an incredibly complex and fascinating character because you like james potter
Confession: I don’t actually like James Potter