Why Should I Be Moral?

Statement

I might do something immoral if it were in my best interest.

Q1 Analysis

If you consider something immoral, you consider it wrong to do; so by doing it you are violating Q1.

Q2 Analysis

This is a Q2 violation if you want other people to behave morally.

Discussion

If you know that something is immoral, then you know that you are wrong to do it. If you’re not moral, you’re wrong. It’s that simple.

Do you not care about being right, particularly when there is something to gain from being wrong? You can live like that if you like, but doing so encourages others to behave in the same way. Odds are that in the long run this isn’t in your best interest.

Living an immoral life can also take away any legitimate justification you might have for condemning those who harm you for their own gain. Do you really want to lose that?

You are encouraged to leave your answers to the questions posed in this post in the comments section. This post is based on an excerpt from Ask Yourself to be Moral, by D. Cancilla, available at LuLu.com and Amazon.com. See the 2Q system page for details of the philosophical system mentioned in this post.

Posted on February 25, 2011 at 10:01 pm by ideclare · Permalink
In: 2Q

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  1. Written by Manuel Rivera
    on March 21, 2011 at 12:03 pm
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    I think it all depends on your definition of moral. lets say you want to have an extra-marital affair. that sounds immoral. on the other hand, if your culture does not bind its members to monogamy, then it is not immoral.
    i don’t think there is a “cast in stone” set of moral values. In the movie called “Kite Runner” the father instructs his child that the only sin is stealing. if you goof off at work, you are stealing from your employer. If you kill someone, you are stealing his or her family their beloved one. etc. that is a pretty comprehensive set of morals as far as i am concerned.

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