Morals and Conscience in Society
Throughout generations, as people grow older, they remark that morals in society have degraded compared to when they were younger. Perhaps this is because as people grow older they view all the corrupt, thoughtless, and inhumane acts people commit. Or, perhaps this is true, that morals in society have indeed become worse. In this generation, it is often been heard that technology is to blame - first TV, and more recently, the internet. However, becoming a responsible human being often begins in the home, where parents can impart key values to their children. This key value should be so central that any conflicting messages from external sources are blocked and filtered. Thus, technology may have a role in corrupting society; however, it is not totally to blame.
Accept differences in others. Too many people in this world make fun of others, whether they feel awkward with or unaccustomed to someone's clothing, hairstyle, style of speech, gait, name, or even serious work ethic or someone's point of view, to name a few. Some of the most famous of these examples include Galileo, as well as a religion that started due to someone whose beliefs differed from those of others. However, they should remember the "Ugly Duckling" story. Hans Christian Anderson loved children, and in his stories, he was the ally of his protagonists, giving them what they wanted. For example, in the Match girl story, even though the girl dies at the end, he still managed to give that girl the gift of being happy, which was really what that Match girl wanted.
If you are willing to be patient with others and just accept them the way they are, it really will give you practice in being an anthropologist, for that is really all that anthropologists do. They study cultures. Some even study cultures that are not familiar to them. In doing so, you learn. It is often quite amazing and bewildering how people are willing to go off traveling to foreign lands in the hopes of learning about new customs and habits, but at the same time, ridicule, embarrass, tease, and ignore people in their home land just because they see something in them that is very different from themselves. Of course, you may want to ignore people who are rude to you and do not treat you fairly, but some people also do the same to people who may wear plastic frame glasses instead of the "in vogue" metal frame ones, or who enjoy wearing sports pants instead of jeans.
Treat everyone similarly. You should also try to treat others equally. Whether they are rich or poor, young or old, you should always be friendly towards others. Of course, you may not want to touch someone with leprosy, but in general, you should try to treat everyone else as equals. This is not to say that you should like everyone to the same extent, or that you should do favors for boisterous, arrogant people, but that you should generally speak to others in similar tones (try not to be insincere anytime; but if you do not have something nice to say to your enemy, then you should. as tradition states, say nothing). You should also be willing to lend a helping hand if required (just be careful though that you do not fall prey to people who are trying to cheat you). Another example of treating similar people equally is that if you are a parent, you should treat all your children without favoritism. Perhaps it may be a bit difficult to do since all of us are subject to biases, but this is a weakness that can be easily overcome with some practice.
Many of the ancient philosophers also wrote about morals. For some more information, you may want to read about Confucius, Socrates, Lao Tzu, Epictetus, among others.
B. Respond promptly to others.
C. Leave some "free" time.
D. Care about others as if they were you.
E. Treat everyone similarly.
F. Never engage in violent acts.
G. Have an inner sense of thankfulness.
H. Have a sense of commitment.
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