The Basis of Fear
Morality is a word which comes from the Latin word moralitas which means
"manner, character or proper behaviour". Morality has its origins in mankind's
basic desire for peace and harmony however its come to be based on desire, delusion and
judgements against ourselves (the original sin) similarly as the
There has been a lot of work put in by Lawrence Kohlberg and others, however
such ideologies tend to be based on modern day status in relation to wealth and
power with morality slanted to protect status and authority which becomes a
legal argument forced on the subjugate population for control over individuals
To arrive at a truer ideology of what morality is, we must take in the equation
of what it means to be human or the fully enlightened or whole man as Jesus or
Buddha, not the broken man endemic of today's world. In considering the
enlightened man or woman, morality has no place as enlightenment is amoral; this
is not negative but another state of harmlessness.
Morals are social ethics created and defined by our society, philosophy,
religion or individual conscience, but morality goes beyond the scope of what is
considered right or wrong, criminal behaviour socio-political ethics and codes
of behaviour are also included within the scope of morality.
Morals vary from country to country and between social groups which causes the
confusion seen as bigotry. The moral variations in behaviour are generally
between rich and poor, the rich often behave badly toward the poorer or weaker
while exploiting their labour and resources, whereas they behave in a more equal
manner to their own class and in this way, morality is perhaps the root of
If we look at society, there are a great many levels of wealth and a great many
moralities and on analysis, much of morality is a lie. For children this causes
great confusion and anxiety; children are taught to be honest and kind, but they
see the immorality of their parents and governments.
A man who moralizes is usually a hypocrite, and a woman who moralizes is
invariably plain." ~ Oscar Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan.
For instance: children are told not to use swear words or tell lies, but parents
and peers often do which to a child is totally unjust. On the world stage, the
USA promotes world peace and democracy, however according to the Pilger Report,
US government and corporations have caused over 30 wars, the deaths of countless
millions of people and destroyed democracies in order to secure the assets of
"Hatred and bigotry are the children of judgement and morality" ~ NZYogi
This is bigotry on it grandest scale and yet is is so common in all countries
and levels of society that perhaps it is time we dispensed with morality and
replaced it with the practice of harmlessness. One of the greatest areas of
moral decay and bigotry exists within the worlds governments and business
corporations who stop at nothing to gain greater profits as a great many lie,
cheat, steal and kill for profit, power and control.
What should our morals and code of conduct be?
Christianity gave us the 10 commandments which are a good tool to help maintain
world peace and serve as a good place to start and Hinduism and Islam also
provide similar ethical guidelines. The Buddhist concept of harmlessness is also
very good, but more difficult to follow.
What does morality cover?
Injuring, stealing, harming and killing are
morals also covered by laws. Lying and cheating cause harm but are not
necessarily criminal and are typical social morals. Morality also covers the
formation and rights of government as you can listen to in the justice lectures
with Michael Sandel starting with
The Moral Side of Murder.
Down the moral scale we have social behaviours such as codes of conduct from
addressing and relating to elders, treating people of a different social class
and all the rules and taboos around sexual behaviour.
"To educate without a value system based on truth is to abandon young people to
moral confusion, personal insecurity, and easy manipulation." ~ Pope St. John
This is a lovely sentiment yet is there anyone who knows the truth? The only
truth is that we do not know and the most intelligent create a life in accord
Lets remember the cause of suffering is ignorance, yet morality is an ethical
code of conduct designed to reduce suffering* that fails to work because it is
Perhaps it is time to revise our morality and our laws and bring them into line
with what it really means to be human in the 21st century?
Thought is something physical, tangible, controllable and corruptible!