Morals, Making them up as we go along

by Jassen Bluto

When I was working as an Auto Theft Detective many times I would arrive to start my shift and discover that there was someone waiting in our jail for me. A Patrol Officer had caught someone driving a stolen car and it was my job to interview them and submit the case the the DA for filing. When I went to talk to the suspect we would discuss many things but one of them wasn’t if it was wrong from them to steal a car. I wanted the truth to why they took the car, where they took the car from, even where they were taking the car. I did not ask the suspects perception on stealing, their personal stealing philosophy, or think that I was being bigoted by labeling them a thief. Why is this the case then with regard to so many other moral issues? why do people think they are allowed to decide what is right and wrong? Do our Morales come from our culture, from God, or do we get to make them up as we go along. I come down on the side of God giving us what we know to be right and wrong but we will look at my argument for this toward the end.

Does our culture dictate what is right and what is wrong?

How big must the culture be for us to accept that we can not cast judgment on their behavior and label it wrong. In the case of Auto Theft, many gang members do this as a source of revenue for their gang, they steal a car and sell it, in the gang culture stealing cars is celebrated as great for their culture. Should we be able to label that culture as morally wrong for this behavior? after all they were raised in a neighborhood where this was seen as

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virtuous, perhaps they were raised by parents who taught them to steal. Sure perhaps the person who got their car stolen can call it wrong but can those of us who did not get harmed by this label it as wrong. If we did call this culture of stealing wrong, what standard are we using? Maybe you’re thinking that the gang culture is a bad example because it’s too small, we should think bigger like a country.

If a country deems something legal and the majority of the citizens think that behavior is acceptable does that make it moral? If you are living in the United States this seems like a legitimate position to take. After all we all got together and voted on it, you had your chance to vote, the majority voted to approve the behavior so if it didn’t go your way you should just accept it. We even take it a step further in this country, if you disagree with the behavior after the “vote” you can get label as a bigot or fanatic, or hater just to ensure you accept it, or at least stay quiet. For example in a country that does not allow people to freely abort babies can they judge the United States as morally wrong, can the United States say that country is morally wrong for not allowing people to abort babies? After all Hitler was killing Jews how could we say they were wrong if morals are based on culture or our upbringing? Clearly getting our morals from culture does not makes sense, not even common sense. What is the standard by which one culture can judge another cultures behavior if this view is correct?

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