We learn from our parents and we teach our kids that there is things we should do and things we shouldn’t , that this behavior is good but this is bad , we have to ask ourselves first what is good and what is bad how do we know and how to decide.
This question about what is moral had many philosophers thinking about it even now a days scientists do try to figure it out , some say that it comes from religion some say it comes with human experience during the course of evolution and human history as we became more experienced in life and how to live together and so we created a code of morality to live by.
In this article what i am trying to tackle with is not the origin of morality – this we will talk about in another article – but the way how I think we should consider what is right and what is wrong , it all depends on the question why ??
Why your are doing an action is what makes it right or wrong even it is the same action , nothing is right all the time or wrong all the time it depends on why you are doing it many will argue that whats good or bad depends on it’s consequences if it leads to a good result it is good if it leads to a bad result it is bad well that is not the case lets imagine that I lied to you about something to put you in trouble ( That is my intention ) but i was wrong and it worked well for you ( that’s the result ) it will still be wrong and bad because my intention was to put you in trouble
Others will argue that morality comes from religion but the problem in religion that it says that things are objective but that is simply wrong , religion says that thou shalt not kill – in any case under any circumstances – that is simply wrong we all know that if a cop is killing a terrorist carrying a bomb and about to detonate himself killing other hundreds of people in order to stop him from doing it can not be wrong ,that’s absolutely right he saved many souls I know what you are thinking right now that from the point of view of the terrorist he is doing the right thing so if as i say morality depends on the intention and it is subjective then the terrorist is as well right , but no because the terrorist is bombing people which he thinks according to his believes must die because they follow another religion and he is certain that they are all going to hell but killing them will take him straight to heaven so that is a selfish act , the intention of his action is that he will gain something which he is preventing the others from having it because maybe if he let them to live more they can find their way to his god then he doesn’t need to kill them , actually by the terrorist doing so more souls will go to hell and only his goes to heaven – of course we are talking from his point of view – so even from his prospective and beliefs instead of bringing this people to his god taking them to heaven with him he was so lazy so he used the guaranteed way for him to reach heaven and he didn’t care about others going to hell, he did a selfish act which is a bad intention therefor it makes his action wrong and from my point of view this applies on everything we can think of regarding the subject of morality. ( but this opens a new question why selfishness is wrong from the first place , this we will discuss further in following articles )
Lets think of another example to make things more interesting if a judge sentences someone to death but that man happens to be innocent in this case the judge is right or wrong ? Exactly it depends if he knew that the man is innocent or no before he decided it depends on his intention , but at the end an innocent man died that is not fair that’s not Just , unfortunately we are human we have limited abilities and knowledge no matter how hard we try we can get so near to perfection but we will never reach it in order to punish the guilty some innocents will be sacrificed that’s the ugly truth . ( in upcoming articles we will talk more about what is Justice and if our system is achieving it or not ) .
One more example a father who decided to punish his kids in a very strict way when they do something wrong and to be very though and aggressive to them , in his mind this is the best way to raise his kids , he loves them too much so he thinks that being though on them will prepare them and make them stronger while facing this unfair and unjust life waiting for them when they get older , his intentions are good even though it affected his kids badly but on my scale of morality he is not a bad person he is just ignorant and stupid but as long as he didn’t do it in purpose to hurt them then this man is not a bad man but a man that we all wish that he got a better education so he can learn the best way to raise his kids
My theory about morality that it all depends at the same exact moment of the action itself and it is not related to the past that led to it or the future consequences that will occur because of it , it totally depends on your intention while doing the action on the exact present moment of doing it .
There is endless possibilities and scenarios , please if you have any scenario in your mind post it in a comment and let us discuss if this theory will apply to it or not.