I read a short and simple blog post today with the title “Morality“. In it, The Gotham Gal wonders about people’s moral compass. What does it look like? How do you arrive at it? And how do we co-exist in a world when everyone seems to have different values on what is right and what is wrong?
The question about what one’s moral compass looks like is THE question for the 21st century, IMO.
My own moral compass starts with “First, do no harm.” And there are 4 points on my compass: ‘you, me, us, the world’. So do no harm to myself (me), to whoever i’m with at the moment (you), to friends, family, community, those I’m connected with (us) — and the world. And it’s become alarmingly clear to me over the past few years that there are abusers in power who are consciously harming others—often by perpetuating systems of harm—and a moral compass that includes “do no harm” to us and the world cannot in good conscious ignore the harm towards others. Sexism, racism, homophobia, white supremacy, human rights violations and ignoring the planetary emergency brought by climate change all include abuses of power and/or systems. And my moral compass makes it clear the actions I must take to change things.
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