Moral outrage and Moral ambiguity

Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela and Gandhi when we think of these icons we don’t remember them for the fact that they were morally ambiguous. We remember them for the stand they took against wrongs in the communities they found themselves.

Modern marketing and influences almost leaves one with the idea that that its better to be morally ambiguous and accepting, non invasive and uncaring to what is happening around us. As long as the salary is there at the end of the month, I can be morally bankrupt and make an income on the back of questionable practices. Exploiting people, animals and the environment at the expense of increasing profit and market share. Poisoning our food to let the product last a bit longer …… to increase profit and so my bonus. It’s better to be politically correct and apathetic. Respecting peoples points of views and ideas does not mean being apathetic about them. It means I respect them and ask you to respect mine as well.

I have written about moral outrage before. It is not an amazing important word and action. Its taking a stand. A stand for something you believe in your boundaries of your civility.  Where do you accept responsibility for what kind of world you will leave behind for your children? I have often asked people how they go into the bush, onto the ocean to enjoy the pleasures of nature, only to come back to work on a Monday and destroy that same nature for more and more and more.

Moral outrage means accepting responsibility for your boundaries and that what you believe in.  Taking that stand when no one else will be the change you want to see. Change is a small scale thing. Its not the major decisions its the small accumulated decisions by individuals outraged at the way things are presented to them

We need people in all spheres of life to become morally outraged at what is happening in our communities and to the planet we live on.  Dolphins slaughtered, kids and adults on drugs, abuse of children for pleasure by adults the list goes on and on. Where and when will you make the decision to be the best that you humanly can be? What is it going to take for you to make your stand in the place where you can?

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2 thoughts on “Moral outrage and Moral ambiguity

  1. It would seem that the world is currently geared to reward the morally bankrupt, the ethically anorexic and those people who are incapable of having any opinion or conviction and sticking to it. Selling your soul for the big bucks, especially in the corporate world, is the order of the day, indeed almost a necessity to rise to the corner office. This has had a fundamental impact on the quality of leadership in organizations. The menu of character traits of leadership which include morality, ethics, trustworthiness and “stickability” is sorely absent in the corridors of power. I’m afraid that the current leadership would struggle to convince people to follow them through the Gates of Heaven.

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