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Morality is Black or White

Most people believe that morality is a gray area or imprecise. However, it is only the disagreement between the morality for two or more people that is not precise.

I believe that morality is black and white for each person. In other words, morality is well defined for each person's own definition. For instance, any person can immediately judge if something is moral or immoral. Of course, their opinions of right and wrong may change over time as people learn new knowledge and gain experience.

The problem with morality is when laws are created in support of the morality of a group of people, and the morality of those laws are disagreed by other people.

A common example is if marijuana should or should not be illegal. Some people think if does not harm anyone and has medicinal uses, while other people think it is a dangerous mind altering drug. Again, the morality of marijuana is either black or white. Some people may not have any experience or knowledge concerning marijuana, so they do not know if it should be legal or illegal. This ignorance is not the same thing as a moral gray area. An ignorant person would quickly make a decision on morality if they are educated on the topic. Of course, the type of education plays a major role in determining morality too.

As a result, I think that you will agree that morality is very black and white on an individual basis. It is only when multiple people disagree on morality does morality have gray areas.

by Phil for Humanity
on 05/30/2010

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