[Journal] Entry #02: The Idea of Morality

I welcome you to another Journal Entry. This time our topic is The Idea of Morality, we will discuss the fundamentals of morals, the basis and the need for morals. We will try to find how and why this concept of morality came into existence.
I would like to thank our friend Caitlin Maillet for suggesting the topic! If you have a topic which you want us to discuss or for me write my views down please DM me on Instagram, comment below or mail me.

- Ankit Shil (@thebrutepsyduck)

Defining Morality
Morality (from Latin: moralitas, lit. 'manner, character, proper behaviour') is the differentiation of intentions, decisions and actions between those that are distinguished as proper and those that are improper. Morality can be a body of standards or principles derived from a code of conduct from a particular philosophy, religion or culture, or it can derive from a standard that a person believes should be universal.
Source: Wikipedia.org
By what I have learned and understood by now morality can be understood as a measure of "rightness" or "goodness" which shall (or at least mean to) govern your actions and thought patterns, thought against the common belief it may not be present in a person by birth (kindly note I used the word may because many of our actions and feelings are governed by biochemical hormones, or just because of a prevailing genetic pattern in your hereditary line) rather they are seeded into them by their parents (or guardians) following their cultural, philosophical or religious doctrines, based on situations, environmental factors or even social status. Morals may differ by region, cultures, religions and of course time.
Now given we may have produced a basic understanding of morales and morality, we may now proceed to discuss, what exactly is the need of morals and how could they have been "invented"  (or discovered whichever you prefer)

Where did Morality come from?
I am pretty sure, that most of us so lost in leading our unthoughtful lives trapped in a web of daily routines and relationships and aspirations and desires that we might have never given a thought about something like: "Hey! I know it is the right thing to do but why is it the right thing to do?" and if that question did not make you feel like "meh! who cares?" let us continue our odyssey to obtain a satisfying conclusion.
First, let us consider the social side of the coin. Let us imagine a community at the dawn of human civilization, a group of prehistoric humans who have forsaken their cave and top-of-a-tree life and came together to form a community to facilitate survival and you know distribute work. Now working with other brutes will cause friction because they're wild and uncivilized and don't think about anything but their own gain (note: this point continues in the evolutionary reason for morals) to reduce this friction the wise guy or the leader had to put up some rules and pretty much invent the whole concept of good and evil to lubricate the whole intra-communal interaction.
To be honest to nature more specifically evolution, the community is always more important than individual (Now, do not get the idea that the natural law supports Communists, I do accept that communism might be an ideal political system theoretically, but given the human intellectual inequality it will always end up in corruption and pretty much a disguised dictatorship. If still you did not get the idea kindly read Animal Farm by Geroge Orwell) to support a community often we have to neglect personal gains if an individual belonging to a community works only for his personal gains and exploits his standing in the community (corruption) they community will slowly die, except for the corrupt member. For evolution, individual heredity (passing on genes of a single person) is not important but the whole gene pool must be inherited to the next generation to avoid extinction of some specific characters. So the idea of morality if properly seeded in an individual can take the whole community to the glory. If not can cause its doom.

As I've mentioned earlier some reactions or thought pattern could be genetical and hence heredity. Like that "awww!" feeling when you see an infant or a really cute cat, it is genetic and evolution has a very important reason for that, which is way broader than the scope of this post. Now the only thing that remains is where does the judgement of good and bad come from, are they heredity or acquired traits we shall discuss this in our next Journal Entry. Stay tuned and do follow and subscribe our blog for email notifications.

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