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Lawrence Kohlberg believed he could explain the development of moral reasoning through three levels that covered six stages of development. The levels started by measuring basic moral milestones and went through the highest forms or moral character. He believed you went through the stages in order and although you could temporarily revert back to a stage that you primarily functioned in one stage. After I looked at the different stages of Kohlberg’s theory I can almost pinpoint when I was in each stage with exception given to the younger years that I don’t remember. I believe that I function in stage five of Kohlberg’s theory most of the time. I make a conscious effort to do what is morally right in my life everyday. I often examine my own beliefs for personal bias that could keep me from being a truly good person. Understanding of other people involves effort, that is why I read the qu’ran, book of Mormon, bible and other religious works. I try to learn as much about other cultures so that I may understand them better. I care about humanity not because I believe good works will give me the key to an afterlife, but because it is simply the right thing to do. I believe that the laws should be followed to an extent, but laws are written in black and white. Humans are not as concrete as the laws that govern them, which I think should call for exceptions. I can not believe a law is beneficial to anyone that creates more suffering than the original crime. Everything in life must be looked at carefully and the effect actions we do have on everyone around us must be taken into consideration. My feelings on topics such as these are why I feel I am in stage five of this theory. I agree and disagree with Kohlberg’s theory. I agree that morality does increase and people have signs of this development, but his scale is somewhat vague to me. I also don’t agree with that the stages must be accomplished in succession. It might not be common to skip a stage in...
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