Thursday, November 25, 2010

Are Humans Moral?

Great read via Sonia Jaspal's RiskBoard.
The results indicated that if human beings do not need to work hard for getting an advantage from unethical behavior, they are most likely to resort to immoral behavior. This got me thinking, if comparative mapping is done of gains achieved through hard work by ethical behavior with those achieved through unethical behavior, while ignoring risks associated with unethical behavior, people will mostly find unethical behavior to be more profitable.
So my rambling thoughts continued. If risk of detection and punishment are the only deterrent to unethical behavior, then can we consider human beings moral?  What role does morality play in relationships and society?
Bull in his book Moral Education (1969) explains this point thus: ‘The child is not born with a built-in moral conscience. But he is born with those natural, biologically purposive capacities that make him potentially a moral being’
He stated – “All morality consists of relationships between persons; that its three concerns are therefore, self, others and the relationship between them; and that the heart of morality is therefore respect for persons. [The child’s concept of a person] does not have to be learnt as such, [but] it does have to be built up by moral education in terms of knowledge, habits and attitudes.”
The above-mentioned two statements show that human beings need to be trained and educated in moral behavior to develop a moral conscience. This indicates that in the long-term a morally conscious human being is less likely to do unethical activities.
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