Morality Reflection Paper

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Morality is a specific code of conduct held by an individual, person or group. One must have freedom, knowledge, reasoning, discernment, and a normative basis to have the ability to make their own moral and ethical decisions. A normative basis gives the sense of who we "should" be as individuals. Everyone has their own normative basis whether they acknowledge it or not. Ethical development and discovery have been important themes in my life. Like many, through my growth, I have worked to discover the reasons behind the moral teachings I have been taught. My ethical views have been highly impacted by my upbringing, education, and familial and social environment. Throughout each stage of development, my view of morality has continued to…show more content…
The school I attended was highly religious and focused mostly on biblical teaching rather than academia. The faculty expected spiritual and moral perfection. Spirituality was often synonymous with a person's morality. For example, if someone did not express themselves enough in prayer, they were considered morally inferior to someone who was extremely expressive and engaged. I often would do the right thing and pray the right way because I did not want to be ostracized from my friend group as a bad influence or not “holy” enough. As I developed, I often questioned the reason behind what I was being taught but I chose to do what was expected of me to be at peace with my peers and superiors. At this point in my development, I was at the conventional stage in Kohlberg's moral development theory. I continued to be in this phase throughout high school. Though, I would often dissect the legitimacy of the moral code I was expected to live by, I rarely deviated from my superiors expectations to remain in good standing with those around…show more content…
I was then able to explore various views of moral goodness. During this time of experimentation, I have explored moral theories such as consequentialism, the ethics of care, and deontology. I find each moral theory fascinating and credible in their own right. One I find particularly fascinating is consequentialism. This theory implores that the rightness of an action is determined by its ends. Though this theory is a bit overly simplistic, it provides a notable base for simple moral decisions. The theory does not stand when moral situations become complex. The simplicity of this theory leaves me searching for something

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