Morality As A Person Of Morality Essay

1146 Words Feb 7th, 2015 5 Pages
Everyone wants to be a person of morality. However, as everyone will experience in their lives, that’s no easy task. Throughout everyone’s life, choices arise that are far more complex than simple-answered right and wrong dilemmas. Often a moral pathway may lead to an undesirable outcome, and vice versa. Before examining this in more detail, we must define morality. Morality is the value or extent to which an action is right or wrong. Everyone has their own moral code and sense of right and wrong. Our culture today values the outcome more than the means, however, and will forgive lapses in morality, such as deceit, in order to achieve a favorable outcome. Deceit with immoral or selfish intentions is allowed no wiggle room. Life is much more often a gray area than it is black and white, and there isn’t one absolute code that our culture agrees to follow. Generally, society encourages moral behaviour, and allows deceit with moral intentions, but punishes deceit for selfish motives.
As a society, humans generally encourage moral behaviour. This is largely due to the composition of our brains. Neuroscience has pinpointed a couple key factors in humans sense of morality, which is largely based off human empathy. Joshua D. Greene, a postdoctorate at Princeton University conducted a study to make a connection between significant moral dilemmas and brain chemistry. Using an fMRI machine to monitor their brain activity, Greene asked the participants difficult moral questions, such…

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