Times are Changing.

“Your old road is rapidly aging.
Please get out of the new one
If you can’t lend a hand
For the times they are a-changing
.”

These lyrics from The Times They Are a-Changin’  by Bob Dylan cleary illustrate the controversial political and social changes that occurred throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s. Governments and people around the world began to embrace new ideas, recognise minority groups and enjoy many new freedoms and rights. Today, we, the citizens of the developed nations of the world are able to that enjoy a relatively free lifestyle. The majority of our actions are unregulated by Governments unless we break the law.

Is it possible that, in the midst of our social and political freedoms, many members of society are beginning to write their own definitions of morality? Unfortunate as it may be, in my opinion, the answer is yes. I’m sure you’ve all witnessed some meat-head getting yelled at for performing some foul deed. When he is told what he has done wrong he seems to dimiss the consequences and reply “It’s a Free country.” Australia certainly is a free country, however, this does not justify the harmful actions many commit.

When people write their own definitions of morality it seems that acts such as stealing and profanity suddenly become perfectly acceptable. Is this because people are starting to live for themselves rather than others? Is it because of heavy influence from the media? Is it because of our impulse to rebel? Or is it because of societies hunger for wealth and power? I believe that it is a mixture of all of these things. In many nations our propserous lifestyles eliminate our dependance on others,  the media portrays immoral behaviour as normal and acceptable, many people wish to rebel against the norm and others have become corrupted by the lust of wealth and power.

On the other hand, differing views of the concept of morality may be a direct product of increased diversity. For example: I, as a Christian, try my very best to live my life following the moral code presented in the Bible. Simply because It feels right. People of other religious groups and the non-religious will obviously have a different moral code. Increased feelings acceptance mean that people are beginning to live their lives based on their own concepts of morality.

However, if you believe that differing views of morality are a result of increased diversity, you must also believe that morals can be changed depending on religion, upbringing, environment and experiences. I do not believe that the concept of morality can be changed. I perceive morality as a tree branch. Although circumstance can often bend this branch the core ideas and values can never be changed. I believe that this is why we feel guilt when we commit immoral acts, our hearts are telling us that we have snapped the branch of morality.

Yet, it does not matter what you believe, you must ask yourself how our society would be if our morals and values were not influenced by things such as religion, media and upbringing. If we all simply did what we thought was right, rather than listening to others, perhaps the world would be a much better and more hospitable place. I believe that deep down all of ours hearts are in tune. Perhaps the world would have a unified concept of morality if we just stopped and did what we truly believe.

 

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~ by John on September 13, 2009.

One Response to “Times are Changing.”

  1. you’re smart.

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