The Loss of Morality

In today’s age, we hear that our generation, the millennials, have wholly lost their “morality”. But is this true?

In earlier society, the laws and morals came from the Roman system or the Ten Commandments. As society has moved into the modern era, the earlier system of laws has become more and more eroded.

The Ten Commandments of Judaism are taken from the Old Testament or Torah and are common within all Abrahamic religions and outline the basic rules of Jewish, Christian and Muslim life, two of which are: “Thou shall not steal” and “Thou shall not kill”. These are not only the basis of our laws and many religions, but also form the basis of our morals. So why do we constantly see news reports on murders, thefts and hate crimes? Isn’t this the loss of our morality?

According to a study carried out by the UN’s departments of drugs and crime (UNODC), an estimated half a million people were killed in 2012 alone, and the numbers are getting larger. Murders are being committed by everyone from terrorist groups to state officials (i.e. police). This is the loss of morality. Killing because they have different beliefs, because they are racially different. Because they are different. Surely that is not a justifiable excuse.

Women, children and men trying to escape the injustices of their homeland are denied the freedom to start a new life. The freedom the western world prouds itself upon, is being denied by these same people to the innocent. The same people who are providing support to the man who wants to “make America great again”. These words are the reiteration of Adolf Hitler and Nigel Farage, men who have attempted to destroy the diversity of the world, and men who want to. This is the loss of immorality, and it is not by our generation.

Throughout history there have been genocides, world wars, slavery, Holodomor’s, extinction of nature for our wants and pleasures, splinter cell terrorism, the refusal of refuge to those in need, and now the death of our planet, by our own hands. This is immorality and the loss of compassion and it is not by our generation.

A common mistake is associating immorality with only abortion, fornication and the likes. However it is the differentiation of intentions, decisions, and actions that are good or bad. Morality is a body of standards or principles that are the consequence of a code of conduct from a particular philosophy, religion, or culture. Morality is a derivative from a standard that a person believes should be universal. Morality, however, being partially subjective, is a result of basic human emotion – which has been lost. But can it be revived?

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