Jon Goerlitz 12/05/09
Strayer University-Christina campus
Religion is a component of almost every society. Do we act morally for fear of divine retribution or because it is the right thing to do? In a new society people are skeptical of certainty or that nothing means anything many people are desperately searching for a philosophy or guide to life. The combination of unchangeable values and reason are the mechanism of understanding for that is the way we recognize good or bad. Many are turning to religion but is it an explanation. It is easier to believe this in that education tells them that that there is no rational certainty and thus leaving them with the implication that to have principles means to accept religious dogma. For a developed society, civil religion motivates people to maintain the habit of obedience because they grow to understand and obey the law. Nevertheless, humans are insatiably curious and it is in human nature to want to see what happens next or the outcome of a certain action. Men learn from others, they build on the work of their idols or parents.
Morality is a question of instilled views that must precede understanding because understanding can only develop after the underlying values have been formed. So the early values are the most important as later experiences although made with a more adult mind, must incorporate previous decisions as those prior decisions are impulses beyond the force of reason. These subjective instilled set of beliefs are the morality of the individual, beyond threat of punishment or promise that determines the way they see reality.
A family is a group of loved ones, bound by time and common experience, and sometimes, it is a legal and biological construct, meant to draw the line between our "official" and "unofficial" relationships. Most of have our own definition of what a family is, even though it is usually based on the same principles. In some ways,...
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