The Importance Of Morality In Society

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Register to read the introduction… By this he explains that morals change from decade to decade. He believes that living in 2013, we have an over-all unanimity of what is right and wrong- Slavery and sex discrimination is wrong, as is cruelty.

This characterises us as we live in the 21st century but not so much as maybe 100 years ago on the same land. The consensus has moved on as attitudes to slavery and to women have shifted, hence the shifting moral zeitgeist.

Although to say that say that sexual discrimination has shifted within our culture may not be accurate. A recent article published by Burns(2013), surveyed more than 1,200 girls and young women up to the age of 21 in the UK and her findings were quite shocking.

They found that sexism was so widespread in the UK, 87% of girls aged 11-21, thought they were judged more on their appearance than their ability. Most 13 year old girls had experienced some sexual harassment and so had 80% of 19-21 year olds.

Lawrenson(2013), from girlguiding mentions a very poignant point. She says that issues that happen today should only be read about in history books but they’re
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If when describing morality as a shifting moral zeitgeist, why do we as humans still disagree vastly on the points mentioned above. Shouldn’t morals shift with time as culture progresses.

For example, within our culture it is against the law to commit infanticide, as stated in the Infanticide bill(1938). If you look cross culturally in Germany for instance, it is within the right of the female to commit infanticide. Not only is it acceptable but as stated by Moosa(2012) they provide ‘baby boxes’ at some of the local hospitals for mothers to leave their babies.

Moosa(2012) explains that, the mothers are assured that the babies will be safe and looked after. They will also be put into foster care and then the adoption system when they are old enough.

The mother has the option of returning to collect the baby, if after a few days she feels she has made the wrong decision but after adoption, this option is
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How when those three countries along with the UK belong to the European Convention of Human Rights, something that constitutes what we as humans have a right to and which is absolute - have such opposing views.

It begs the question that why is the moral reasoning behind infanticide between these countries so vastly different? What was the moral reasoning in agreeing or disagreeing with this decision. How can just a few hours on a plane from one country to another, propose such different values and beliefs?

It is apparent that morality is a world known entity but morality cross culturally and within the same society or even households are not absolute.

After careful consideration, it would prevail that through the process of evolution, humans do share a number of characteristic traits with non-human animals. It seems that humans have learned the capacity for moral reasoning over time and through different cultures but there is an innate predisposition to moral behaviours within all of us but these morals are never

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